Belfast Telegraph

Monday 20 October 2014

Club pays tribute to drowned golfer

A Briton died after slipping into water while playing the fifth hole at the Dunas de Donana course in Almonte, southern Spain.

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.

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