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Woman files suit against golfer whose flying club hit her in face

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 1/24/2018 STEPHEN REX BROWN

Mary Touhey says in her suit that she was near the ninth hole at Dunwoodie Golf Course in Yonkers on Sept. 1, 2017, when Daniel Schapiro lost his grip, sending his club flying through the air — and right into her face. © Prasit photo/Getty Images Mary Touhey says in her suit that she was near the ninth hole at Dunwoodie Golf Course in Yonkers on Sept. 1, 2017, when Daniel Schapiro lost his grip, sending his club flying through the air — and right into her face. A woman whose face took the brunt of a golfer’s frustration when his airborne club hit her is so teed off she sued.

Mary Touhey says in her suit filed Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court that she was near the ninth hole at Dunwoodie Golf Course in Yonkers on Sept. 1, 2017, when Daniel Schapiro lost his grip, sending his club flying through the air — and right into her face. Touhey’s attorney, Michael Kaplen, said Schapiro, 33, was swinging his club in anger, not at a golf ball.

“It’s my understanding that he wasn’t happy with his golfing that day and he let the club swing right out of his hand,” Kaplen said. “He says, ‘Godd----t, I’m not having a good day.’ ”

Touhey, 55, did not know Schapiro and had been automatically paired with him on the course, her attorney said.

“It was a reckless and stupid thing to do, and unfortunately an innocent victim got hurt,” Kaplen added.

She suffered nose and facial fractures, the suit says.

“It is improper, impermissible, dangerous, negligent, careless, reckless, and/or contrary to the usual and customary rules of golf for a participant in a golf game to throw, let go of, lose, release, and/or otherwise cause a golf club to fly out of his hands and be launched into the air,” the suit says.

“He did not have the requisite skill, knowledge, training, education to play golf on a public golf course.”

Touhey, who declined to comment, seeks undetermined damages. Schapiro also declined to comment.

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