The man, whose name has not been released, was hit around 3:30 p.m. on the seventh tee at the Heritage Palms Golf and Country Club, Fort Myers police said.
The victim was in the tee box when the lightning struck, hitting him in the abdomen with an exit wound around his right ankle, said Anthony LaBruzzo, a spokesman for the Fort Myers Fire Department. The shoe and sock on that foot were knocked off by the force of the strike.
Members in the victim's foursome began CPR, but they and rescue workers were unable to get the man's heart started, LaBruzzo said. The man was transported to Southwest Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Witnesses said it was not raining at the time and the course was dry, although a storm was approaching and the Fort Myers area had seen intermittent rain throughout the day, LaBruzzo said. No lightning was noticed by anyone in the group until the strike.
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