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    Golf Course Staffer Bitten By Alligator

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    A golf course employee in Weston, Florida was recently bit by an alligator. 51-year-old Steve Martinez had been plucking golf balls from a lake when the gator’s teeth clamped down on his hand.

    "About an hour and a half into my diving and gator snapped onto my left arm." [WPLG]

    A golf course employee in Weston, Florida was recently bit by an alligator. 51-year-old Steve Martinez had been plucking golf balls from a lake when the gator’s teeth clamped down on his hand.

    After the first bite, the roughly 10-foot long beast continued trying to attack him. Martinez was able to get away from the gator.

    He jumped in his golf cart and took off. Martinez warned other staffers about the gator before being transported to the hospital.

    He is expected to recover and said he’s lucky the damage was minimal. He later reflected on the ordeal and claimed there was only 3 to 4 feet of visibility in the water.

    Martinez commented “It actually chased me down so I think personally somebody was feeding it so that leaves loss of fear for humans.” Randy Weber, who manages the golf club admits there is a danger for golf ball divers.

    He said staffers often crawl along the bottom of the pond fishing for the balls and often don’t realize turtles and gators could be lurking in the same area. Martinez knows that fact all too well, as this incident makes it the second time that he’s been bitten by an alligator.

    Despite the danger, Martinez will continue doing his job. The alligator that bit him has since been caught by trappers.