Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Man's body found on Clearwater golf course

Forensic technician Dallas Proveaux inspects the body of a man found Wednesday off the second tee at Clearwater Country Club.


Forensic technician Dallas Proveaux inspects the body of a man found Wednesday off the second tee at Clearwater Country Club.

CLEARWATER — Don Gadke was retrieving golf balls from the Clearwater Country Club driving range after Wednesday morning's long-drive contest when he saw a figure resting face down on the edge of some bushes.

At first glance, the 54-year-old country club employee thought it was a homeless person napping in the sun.

But when he yelled at the man, the body did not stir.

"I put a finger to his artery and there was no pulse," said Gadke, who lives in Palm Harbor. "I knew he was dead."

Clearwater police are still investigating the cause of death for the man whose body was found about noon on the club's golf course at 525 N Betty Lane, but the death does not appear to be suspicious, police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said.

Police are not releasing the identity of the man because family members have yet to be notified. It looks likely that the man was a transient, Watts said.

Gadke said it appeared that the man was black, and between 45 and 55 years old. He was wearing dark blue jeans, a dark blue shirt and brown shoes.

The body was lying near the bank of Stevenson Creek close to the second tee, Gadke said. He figured the man must have arrived there overnight — he had walked through that same area Tuesday.

"It's such a shame," Gadke said. "No one should die like that."

Douglas R. Clifford can be reached at (727) 445-4177 or Martine Powers can be reached at (727) 445-4224 or

Man's body found on Clearwater golf course 06/30/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 8:21pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Shakeup on Adam Putnam campaign


    In a sign of unsteadiness for what  had  looked like a strong-out-of-the-gate Adam Putnam campaign, the Republican frontrunner suddenly fired his campaign manager and political director. Hard-charging Campaign manager Kristin Davis and political director Jared Small were two of the three outsiders to join …

    Putnam campaigning in Destin the other day as part of his 22-city bus tour
  2. Rays let early lead get away again in loss to Angels (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — As pleased as the Rays were to win consecutive series against the contending Red Sox, Indians and Yankees and to get briefly back over .500, there was a lot of talk in the clubhouse before Monday's game against the Angels that it was time to do better.

    Tampa Bay Rays third base coach Charlie Montoyo (25) high fives designated hitter Corey Dickerson (10) as he rounds third on his lead off home run in the first inning of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Angels at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Monday, May 22, 2017.
  3. Tampa man arrested for killing man in his USF-area home


    TAMPA — A Tampa man was arrested Monday in the death of man found killed at a home in the University of South Florida area last week, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

    Kadeem Dareem Archibald, 26, was arrested Monday on a  second degree murder charge in the University Area killing of Khando Kerr. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  4. Report: Trump asked intel chiefs to push back against FBI collusion probe after Comey revealed its existence


    President Donald Trump asked two of the nation's top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, the Washington Post reports, citing current and former officials.

    From  left, CIA Director Mike Pompeo; Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats; and National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers take their seats on Capitol Hill on May 11 before  testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on major threats facing the U.S. [Associated Press]
  5. For Gov. Rick Scott, 'fighting' could mean vetoing entire state budget

    State Roundup

    Every day, Gov. Rick Scott is getting a lot of advice.

    The last time a Florida governor vetoed the education portion of the state budget was in 1983. Gov. Bob Graham blasted fellow Democrats for their “willing acceptance of mediocrity.”