Golf pro killed by fallen tree at Wyantenuck Country Club in Great Barrington

Berkshire County

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A person was killed by a fallen tree at Wyantenuck Country Golf Club in Great Barrington as a result of Wednesday’s powerful storm.

According to the Great Barrington Police Department, around 5:30 p.m. a neighbor of the Wyantenuck Country Golf Club on West Sheffield Road reported to police they saw a golf cart with a tree on top of it on a first road alongside the golf course. When officers arrived they found a person lying on the ground by the side of the cart that was covered with trees and branches. Officers attempted first aid but the person had died.

Police have identified the victim as Thomas Sullivan from Sheffield. Sullivan served as a long-time golf pro at Wyantenuck Country Club.

Investigators from the State Police Detective Bureau, Crime Scene Services Unit, Southern Berkshire Ambulance Squad, and the Great Barrington Fire Department assisted local police with the investigation.

A statement was sent to 22News from Jennie VanDeusen, General Manager at Wyantenuck CC:

“Wyantenuck Country Club was very saddened yesterday by the tragic and untimely death of its head golf professional and icon in the golfing community, Tom Sullivan. As has been reported, Tom was killed when a falling tree branch, during a brief, high wind event landed on his golf cart. Ironically, it occurred while Tom was scouring the golf course for stray golfers, as he always did, when an impending weather event threatened the grounds.

Tom had been the head golf professional at Wyantenuck since the Spring of 1999, having started his love for golf as a caddy when he was a teenager. Tom was well-respected in the local golf community, with many other area professionals seeking his counsel for both operational questions as well as his tips for improving their own golf game. Beyond the borders of Berkshire County, Tom was well-known for his love of the game, the spirit of competition, and as an ambassador for golf. Tom was a sitting board member of the Northeast New York (NENY) PGA Association and had held various posts during his involvement. Amongst other awards, Tom was voted NENY Golf Professional of the year in 2017 and elected to the NENY PGA Hall of Fame in 2018, both awards voted on by his peers in the association.

Tom will be sorely missed by the staff and members of Wyantenuck as well as those beyond Wyantenuck who sought his legendary golf lessons. Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife and two children.”

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