Three days after thunderstorms halted play at the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship at nearby TPC River Highlands, a lightning strike at Lake of Isles golf course in North Stonington, Conn., sent several people to the hospital.

Lake of Isles Golf is part of Foxwoods Resort Casino (Photo: Wikipedia)

As many as 15 course employees, who were readying the course for play on Monday, according to general manager Archie Cart, felt the impact from the strike and anywhere from three to 15 went by ambulance of private vehicles to area hospitals for treatment of “non-life threatening injuries,” according to published reports. Multiple attempts to reach Cart were unsuccessful.

The workers, none of whom lost consciousness, had sought shelter from inclement weather in a wooden building (reportedly one of three restrooms or shelters on the property) on the south course between the fourth and 13th holes, according to theday.com. As part of the Foxwoods Resort Casino, Lake of Isles, some 60 miles southeast of TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, is a Troon Golf-owned course situated on Mashantucket Pequot property.

Threatening weather delayed play during Friday’s round at the Travelers Championship, forcing some golfers to finish their second rounds on Saturday. After a large thunderstorm hit the New London area at about 9 a.m. Monday, the region was under a severe thunderstorm watch until 1 p.m., with the National Weather Service issuing flood and flash-flood advisories, said theday.com.


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