07/17/2015 10:41 EDT | Updated 07/17/2016 05:59 EDT

Canmore Golfer Can't Remember Being Hit By Lightning

CALGARY - Wicked weather chased golfer George Crookshank and his wife from the fairways, but the 63-year-old never expected the storm would land him in a hospital bed.

A short time into their round at a golf club in Canmore, Alta., on Thursday, the Crookshanks faced dark storm clouds and the couple decided to take cover in a nearby shelter.

“Both of us ran to the shed, my wife and I," Crookshank recalled from his hospital bed on Friday. "She parked her clubs by the tree. I took one club into the shed with me and that's the last thing I remember.”

While inside, a lightning bolt struck a nearby tree, travelled through the ground and jumped into the golf club Crookshank was holding in his left hand.

The impact of the strike knocked his wife off her feet while the retired father of two lost consciousness.

He was transported by ambulance to the local hospital and then airlifted to hospital in Calgary.

“I do recall being put in the helicopter," he said. "The next thing I knew, I was in Foothills and that’s when I came to.”

Crookshank suffered burns to his hand, feet, and torso in the lightning strike, but doctors say his prognosis is promising. His wife was not seriously injured.

“I feel extremely fortunate,” he said. "A very lucky guy."

When he is released from hospital, Crookshank plans to return to the links but he expects he’ll have a heightened awareness to approaching storm clouds.

(CTV Calgary)

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