For Oliver A. "Bud" Thompson, life was about golf. He was just an average golfer--his handicap was 18--but in terms of course experience, he was world class.
In his 86 years, Mr. Thompson, who died May 4, played more than 2,500 courses around the globe, including Royal Dornoch in Scotland, and rated some of his experiences for Golf Magazine.
During the 35th minute of Croatian soccer match, defender Goran Tunjic collapsed to the grass and lay prone after he was tackled by another player trying to steal the ball.
The referee had warned both teams in the locker rooms before the game that he would not allow any antics on his field, and that he would be especially keen to card players who were trying to exaggerate their injuries to draw fouls from the opposing side.
After Tunjic fell to the ground, the referee stood over his body and waved a yellow card for "diving" or pretending to be hurt in order to draw a foul.
But after observing the gravity of the situation, the referee called the paramedics over, and sent Tunjic to the hospital where shortly after he arrived they pronounced him dead of a massive heart attack at age 32.
After Tunjic left the field, the game was called off with the teams tied at 0-0.
T. Rees Shapiro
May 7, 2010; 8:26 AM ET
Categories: The Daily Goodbye | Tags: Golf, Golf Magazine, Penalty card, Scotland, Sport
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