Golfer injured in roo attack
By TAMARA KEMP
A YEPPOON man was taken to Yeppoon Hospital yesterday morning after he was attacked by a female kangaroo at the Yeppoon Golf Course.
Barry Barnett, 68, was attacked by the kangaroo after attempting to stop it from menacing a female golfer on the ninth hole.
His wife Val said Mr Barnett had tripped as he was trying to get rid of the kangaroo when it hit him in the head and then jumped on him and attacked him.
She said he received a cut to the right side of his head and abrasions to his right leg.
Mrs Barnett said the kangaroo had torn Mr Barnett's jeans open.
"He has six to eight stitches in his head and he's feeling rather bruised,'' she said.
"He has a lovely black eye coming along and he's taking antibiotics to stop any infection.''
Mrs Barnett said the female golfer also had a tear to her jeans.
Green keeper Trevor Tougher said the attack happening during a women's tournament.
He said the waist-high kangaroo had become aggressive towards the female player.
"We do not know why, but this female did have a baby with her,'' he said. "After the incident, we got on our golf buggies and chased it out of bounds.''
Mr Tuffer said it was not often that a player would be attacked by a kangaroo.