A swarm of bees surprises golfers in Mexico


“Bees, bees, bees.” It was the shout of the South African Erik van Rooyen on the 10th hole of the Vidanta Vallarta when he was about to play his second shot. The golfer, second at the end of the first day of the Mexico Open, fell to the ground when he saw the swarm coming towards him. “I lay down, then my caddy saw it and lay down.”

Her fellow party members, Chez Reavie and Francesco Molinari, looked at him in astonishment. “I thought he was crazy, but then they realized, like 30 seconds later…the bees went right at them,” Van Rooyen recounts. Reavie and Molinari also ended up lying on the ground, as well as the television crew that accompanied them. The Italian thought about jumping into the pond, according to Billy Ray Brown, a reporter for the Golf Channel.

Bees, situation

“It was like a mist of flying bees. I’ve never seen anything like it,” Ray Brown recounted. A little over a month ago, 10 people in Mexico already suffered an attack by a swarm of bees in the parking lot of a shopping center that ended up with three hospitalized.

The Rules of Golf are a set of standard rules and procedures by which the sport of golf should be played. They are jointly written and maintained by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the governing body for golf worldwide, outside of the United States and Mexico, which are governed by the United States Golf Association. An expert commission made up of members of the R&A and USGA, oversees and refines the rules every four years. The latest revision has been in force since January 1, 2016. Changes to the rules of golf generally fall into two main categories: those that improve understanding and those that in certain cases reduce penalties to ensure balance. The rule book, entitled “Rules of Golf”, is published on a regular basis and also includes rules governing amateur status. In Italy it is up to Federgolf to supervise the competitions by enforcing the rules issued by the R & A, checking that these rules are observed by the Clubs, Associations and their members and manages the resulting sporting justice, protecting their interests abroad.

The rules of golf are relatively complicated compared to other sports because they apply outdoors, close to nature and animals. Respect for the rules is a basic element in the game of golf which, almost always based on self-control and the free conscience of the players, often sees distorted results, sometimes consciously, but often unconsciously or lightly, due to non-compliance by many players of the game rules. In addition to the rules, golf adheres to a code of conduct, known as etiquette, which generally means playing your game with due respect to the golf course and other players. Etiquette is an essential component of this sport.

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