Fore! No sorry, FIRE! Golfer stays cool under pressure

PUBLISHED: 13:29 19 July 2013 | UPDATED: 13:29 19 July 2013

Buggy blaze at Brocket Hall Golf Club (Picture: Howard Partridge)

Buggy blaze at Brocket Hall Golf Club (Picture: Howard Partridge)

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REMAINING ice cool under pressure is the mark of a great golfer.

Buggy blaze at Brocket Hall Golf Club (Picture: Howard Partridge)Buggy blaze at Brocket Hall Golf Club (Picture: Howard Partridge)

And this man exemplified that, as he failed to be put off his stroke, despite the 30-degree heat, and the small matter of a blazing buggy behind him.

The usual four-letter golfing exclamation “fore!” was replaced by “fire” during the eventful round.

The dapper plus-four-clad gent was seemingly unaware of the inferno behind him, as he calmly selected a fairway wood and continued his round at Brocket Hall Golf Club, on Sunday.

Howard Partridge, who watched the drama unfold and snapped these pictures, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times what he saw.

Buggy blaze at Brocket Hall Golf Club (Picture: Howard Partridge)Buggy blaze at Brocket Hall Golf Club (Picture: Howard Partridge)

He said: “We were walking through the park when we saw the smoke.

“By the time we could see where the smoke and flames were coming from we could hear the fire engine’s siren so I was able to wait and take some photos.

“The fire brigade drove straight to the source of the smoke, stopped at a safe distance and appeared to extinguish the fire with just one squirt from a hose.

“They stayed put for a while perhaps because, if it was a golf buggy battery fire, it would still be dangerous and difficult to ensure that the fire stayed out.”

He added: “We and the fire brigade were the only people who appeared to be paying any attention. Even golfers who were nearby carried on.

“That and the contrast with the greenery of the golf course were the most striking things about it.”

A Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue spokesman said: “We were called at 4.09pm, one crew from Hatfield attended, [the] buggy [was] well-alight.”

The blaze was out by 4.30pm.

A spokeswoman for Brocket Hall said the blaze was “a very minor incident that didn’t involve anyone”.

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