Annbriar sinkhole lawsuit dismissed

Pictured is the area on hole 14 at Annbriar Golf Course in Waterloo where a St. Louis man fell eight to 14 feet when a sinkhole collapsed under his feet this summer. (submitted photo)

A lawsuit against Annbriar Golf Course in Waterloo filed by the Missouri man who fell into a sinkhole while golfing there in March has been dismissed after the two parties apparently reached an undisclosed agreement out of court.

The order was granted Oct. 7, according to a court filing, and is “pursuant to the parties’ stipulation for dismissal.”

The plaintiff, Mark Mihal, claimed that during the afternoon of March 8, he walked into a depression in the middle of the 14th hole fairway.

The ground caved in beneath Mihal, and he fell 15 to 20 feet into the sinkhole, resulting in a shoulder injury. Mihal had been seeking compensation for a breach of what he claimed was Annbriar’s “duty to provide ordinary care” by failing to check for sinkholes or warn golfers of potential sinkhole dangers.

Annbriar said it was not liable in the incident because it resulted from an “act of God.”

See this story and other police news in this week’s edition of the Republic-Times.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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