Golfer’s death prompts call for lightning detectors


SINGAPORE, AFP

Golf clubs in the storm-prone Singapore area have been urged to install lightning detection systems following a freak death from a lightning strike. Singaporean Pamela Kang, 50, was killed last weekend at the popular Palm Resort course in the Malaysian state of Johor, which borders Singapore, while her three playing partners and two caddies escaped injury. Liew Ah Choy, chairman of the Singapore code of practice for lightning protection said golf clubs could do more to prevent such deaths, the Straits Times reported Tuesday. There should be lightning-detection systems to warn of impending storms, with shelters built around courses to offer protection, said Liew, a professor with the electrical and computer engineering department at the National University of Singapore. Singapore is one of the most lightning-prone areas in the world with 180 thunderstorms a year but not all golf courses in the area have warning systems. Golf courses in Johor are popular with weekend Singapore golfers because of their lower green fees, and a spokeswoman at the Palm Resort told AFP they use a storm-warning system.