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South Jordan man suing city after losing eye in golf accident

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Posted at 10:25 AM, May 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-01 12:53:18-04

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — A South Jordan man is suing his city after his left eye was blinded at the city-owned Mulligan’s Golf & Games.

The lawsuit stems from an accident that occurred on May 2, 2013. According to a complaint filed in the 3rd Judicial District Court, Tyler Simonsen was standing on the green of the golf course’s fourth hole when another golfer teed off at the 3rd hole.

The golf ball teed from the third hole “fractured [Simonsen’s] eye socket and caused the eye to fall out and rupture,” the complaint said.

Simonsen was taken by ambulance to Intermountain Medical Center, where doctors performed several surgeries, including one to remove the contents of his left eye.

According to the complaint, Simonsen’s attorneys believe the City of South Jordan and Mulligan’s Golf & Games failed to “create a substantial buffering of trees to prevent golf balls entering the 4th hole” when the golf course was designed.

Simonsen’s attorneys also claim the defendants failed to perform risk assessments and safety inspections at the golf course.

FOX 13 has requested comments from South Jordan officials and will bring you updates as they become available.