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High school golfer hospitalized after he’s struck by fallen tree branch at Santa Cruz County club

APTOS — An Aptos High junior-varsity golfer was hospitalized after he was struck by a large, fallen Monterey Cypress branch during a practice round at Seascape Golf Club on Thursday afternoon.

The accident occurred to the right of the fairway, near the cart path, halfway between the tee box and green on the 196-yard, par-3 16th hole.

“It was an unfortunate, freak occurrence,” said Gary Nelson, the general manager of the course.

Nelson, Seascape Director of Golf Brant Wilson, Aptos athletic director Travis Fox and Mariners varsity golf coach Paul Zech declined comment, and referred all inquiries to Alicia Jimenez, the public information officer for Pajaro Valley Unified School District. Jimenez told the Sentinel that she’d have information available by Saturday morning.

A paramedic and fireman were on site and treated the boy, who was conscious, before he was taken to a hospital outside the Santa Cruz County for treatment, a source said.

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“It was a big branch,” said the source, who was on site but wished to remain anonymous because the incident involved a minor.

The tree appears to be more than 30 feet tall. One portion of the large branch that fell was roughly 8 inches in diameter. Portions of the fallen limb had been sawed and removed from the cart path by Friday evening.

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