Club pays tribute to drowned golfer
Published 22/04/2013 | 23:01
Tributes have been paid to a British holidaymaker who died on a golf course at a Spanish resort.
Pensioner Thomas Ross, from the Highlands, is believed to have drowned in a lake as he tried to retrieve a golf ball.
The 73-year-old slipped into the water on Sunday morning while playing the fifth hole at the Dunas de Donana course in Almonte, southern Spain.
He was staying at the four-star Carabela Beach and Golf Hotel with five friends from his local golf club in Nairn where he had been a member for 33 years.
Manager Yvonne Forgan said the club was very sad to hear the news. "He was passionate about his golf and had a handicap of 17. He will be missed," she said.
Mr Ross could not swim and, despite being pulled from the water alive, emergency services aided by a helicopter ambulance were unable to save him, according to local reports. Local authorities took his body to Huelva for a post-mortem examination.
The pensioner's brother, Charles, said he was waiting for more information from the Spanish authorities before beginning the repatriation process.
He told the Daily Record newspaper: "Although his friend Dr Adam was there, there was nothing that could be done."
A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We are aware of the death of a British national in the Huelva area of Andalusia and have offered consular assistance to the family."
The area around Matalascanas beach on Spain's Costa de la Luz is a popular destination for British tourists. Dunas de Donana boasts an 18-hole course with a driving range, putting green and tennis school.