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YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE. Stray golf ball breaks man's windshield

Posted at 7:40 PM, Nov 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-15 22:40:47-05
A stray golf ball hit a Las Vegas man's windshield, and he thinks someone else should have paid for it.
A daily drive to work collided with a drive down the fairway.  Michael Poelmans lives in Rhodes Ranch and was passing the golf course.
"I drove off early in the morning and there was a loud bang on my windshield. I didn't know what happened," Poelmans said.
When he got out of the car, his windshield was shattered, but there was no one around. 
He said a golfer then came running off the course.
"He says, 'oh gee really I'm so sorry. Take my phone number. It's not a problem; we'll take care of it,'" Poelmans said.
He said the story quickly changed when his wife Marie went to follow up.
"He said, 'what are you talking about? I'm not taking any responsibility for this. You can't prove that I was the one that hit the golf ball,'" said Marie Poelmans.
Marie Poelmans called Rhodes Ranch Golf Club, and what she said they told her shocked her.
"He was apologetic, but that they weren't going to have a conversation with him because he's a regular," Marie Poelmans said.
13 Action News called the golf course. They said the golfer is responsible for wherever their ball goes, not the homeowners association or the course. 
But if you get hit, the club will try to help you find that golfer. 
Marie Poelmans thinks that golfer should pay them back for the new windshield.
"What if it was a dog? What if it was a child? What if it was you, my husband, any other resident? Something like this happens, then what?" she asked.
We called a local attorney about this situation. He said the golfer is responsible, but there are some assumed risks of living and driving near a golf course. 
However, someone who gets hit by a ball might have a case if the course is laid out poorly laid out, or the shot is really bad.