Golf Coach Dies After Cart Flips

August 5, 2011 / Golf
The Detroit News, Tom Greenwood

Oxford— The coach of the Southfield High School boys golf team was killed early Thursday evening when his golf cart flipped and crushed him.

According to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, Eric Ostdiek, 43, died as a result of the rollover that occurred at about 7 p.m. at the Copper Hills Golf Course and Country Club.

A 41-year-old Macomb Township man riding with Ostdiek was also injured in the incident. His condition is unknown at this time.

Ken Siver, deputy superintendent of schools for the Southfield School District, confirmed that Ostdiek had worked for the school district for 14 years.

“He was a social worker for the district and was also the golf team coach,” Siver said. “He was due to come back again this year. I know he was well regarded as a social worker by his peers. We are all saddened to hear of this.”

According to WWJ-AM (950), Ostdiek drove through the tee box and started down a hill to retrieve a ball. Ostdiek reportedly spotted a steep drop off and turned sharply trying to avoid it.

The cart rolled and landed on top of Ostdiek, who died while being transported to Crittenton Hospital.

It is unknown if alcohol was a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

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