6-year-old dies after being hit by golf ball

OREM, Utah — A girl died Monday after she was hit by a golf ball at Sleepy Ridge Golf Course.

During a family party at the course Monday morning, police say the girl’s father was teeing off and the ball hit the girl in the head with extreme force.

The girl suffered a head injury in the incident and was taken to a hospital by ambulance. She was then flown to Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City in extremely critical condition.

The girl died around 9 p.m.

“All our hearts and prayers and thoughts are with that family,” said Steven Marett, Head Golf Professional at Sleepy Ridge Golf Course. “It’s been incredibly somber within the Sleepy Ridge family, and the Orem City and Vineyard City Community is just absolutely devastated.”

Orem Police say they are not investigating it as anything other than a tragic accident.

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