North Greenville University junior Lauren Childs knew something was wrong. Playing the 15th hole at Carolina Country Club in Spartanburg, S.C., in the Founders Credit Union-Converse Fall Invite, Childs looked to an adjacent yard to see an elderly man struggling.
“I was standing on the green when I saw him,” Childs said, according to the NGU Athletics website. “I wasn’t sure what I was seeing, but I looked harder and could see his entire body laying face down on the grass with a lawnmower on the other side of him. I saw him reach up and grab the mower with his right arm and try to pull himself up, but his body didn’t move at all. That is when I realized he was in trouble.”
Childs reacted quickly, running toward the man. She waited for her playing partner to hit her shot before making the sprint with two fellow players. She immediately began CPR while the other called 911.
“Fortunately for him, the other two girls I was playing with were training to be nurses, so we worked to get him in the correct position,” Childs said.
The man survived and his condition is reportedly improving in a local hospital. North Greenville University finished second at the tournament.