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Man Impaled With Golf Club: Clay Carpenter Faces Leg Amputation

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 02/ 7/2012 10:44 am Updated: 02/ 7/2012 10:59 am

A Texas man was impaled with a golf club, allegedly because one group at a Fort Worth golf course was playing too slowly.

Clay Carpenter, 48, suffered massive blood loss and faces the possibility of a leg amputation, after spending nine days in the hospital. He was among a group at the Eagle Mountain Lake course who were apparently trying to pass the golfers in front of them, the Star-Telegram reported.

"People get in arguments every day on every golf course in America," Carpenter told the paper. "But 99.9 percent of the time no one takes it this far."

Cops are investigating the evidence in the case, including an 11-minute 911 call obtained by the paper, in which one of the golfers can be heard screaming at the dispatcher to get a helicopter ambulance because Carpenter was "bleeding profusely" and "he's about to die."

It's still unclear who jammed the iron club into Carpenter's leg during the melee and who threw the first punch.

MyFox-DFW reported that the fight broke out at about 3:30 p.m. and that Carpenter's assailant may have swung the club at his head before it broke.

During the 911 call, the other golfers said that Carpenter's groin was "leaking [blood] like a faucet" and that they had to pinch his femoral artery to stop it from bleeding while paramedics arrived.

The rest, at least for the victim, is blurry. Carpenter was in the hospital for nine days, and he doesn't have full use of his legs.

"I'll never be able to lift my feet up again," Carpenter told the Star-Telegram. "I've run full marathons, and I’ll never be a runner again. I’ve lost the ability to properly use my leg. I’ll have to use a brace on this right leg forever."

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