Former Rollins golfer dies after balcony fall

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A former member of the Rollins men’s golf team died Feb. 26 after falling from a balcony in South Carolina. James McDonough, 24, fell from the second floor of a house near the College of Charleston campus and died from resulting head injuries later that afternoon at Medical University Hospital, according to a story in The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C.

Officers found McDonough, who was visiting friends in Charleston, according to The Post and Courier, lying facedown at about 3 a.m. Feb. 26 after hearing the impact of his fall from just outside the house. The officers had answered a noise complaint from another apartment at that residence. McDonough was not breathing initially, but later began to make breathing sounds. The fall has been ruled an accident by Charleston County Coroner Rae Wooten.

McDonough still was enrolled at Rollins, a DIvision II school in Winter Park, Fla., but had exhausted his four years of athletic eligibility. He played in four tournaments during the 2009-10 season, averaging 77.42 strokes. McDonough, of Milton, Mass., began his college golf career at Rhode Island.

"Our deepest sympothies go out to the McDonough family," said Nate Weyant, assistant athletic director of communications at Rollins. "James was an important part of the team last year. His leadership was missed this year."

Kyle Frakes, head men’s coach at Rollins, described McDonough as a a gregarious, multi-talented and personable student whose death has affected the entire Rollins community.

“He was a fabulous, popular student on campus and a talented golfer,” Frakes said. “He was an ingredient for us for three years as a transfer.

“Our heart goes out to Jim and Peggy, his mom and dad. They raised a fabulous son that was always genuine and it was fabulous to be in the same room with him. When he walked in the room you knew he was there because he was just as big as life.”

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