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4 golfers injured by lightning strike in western Wisconsin

The bolt of lightning struck around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
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A group of four golfers were injured by a bolt of lightning Tuesday morning in western Wisconsin. 

The lightning strike was associated with a thunderstorm that passed through the Hayward area, with the bolt of electricity hitting near the four family members who were golfing at Big Fish Golf Course around 11:30 a.m., according to the Sawyer County Sheriff's Department. 

A course employee told WEAU-TV that the foursome was on the tee box of the fifth hole when lightning struck. 

All four were alert and conscious when first responders transported them to an area hospital. WEAU-TV says two men were treated and released while the other two remained at the hospital, as of Tuesday afternoon. 

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A radar replay of Tuesday from Weather Underground shows the storm associated with the dangerous lightning strike developed right over the Hayward area and then quickly moved off to the northeast. 

According to the National Lightning Safety Institute, approximately 5% of lightning deaths and injuries each year happen on golf courses. 

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