Golfer found dead on course

Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 12:15 PM
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The body of a longtime member of the Augusta Municipal Golf Course was found near the 18th hole this morning by a group of golfers.

Doyle Cruce, 82, often spent his mornings picking up trash from the course, according to Richmond County Deputy Coroner Johnny McDonald. Mr. Cruce's body was found on the 18th hole behind the clubhouse about 8 a.m.

"He's been a member there for years and years," Deputy Coroner McDonald said. "They say he goes out there every day and picks up trash and golf balls. It's like exercise for him."

Mr. Cruce was given cardiopulmonary resuscitation at the scene and was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he was pronounced dead of natural causes, Deputy Coroner McDonald said.

"There was no indication whatsover of foul play," he said.

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dale88fan
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dale88fan 12/30/08 - 01:49 pm
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There is no doubt you were a

There is no doubt you were a friend of my uncle. He was also a long time member at the course. Rest in Peace!

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whynot2 12/30/08 - 01:57 pm
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Prayers to the family and

Prayers to the family and friends, least he went doing what he loved.

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FallingLeaves 12/30/08 - 02:06 pm
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I hope that when I go, it is

I hope that when I go, it is peacefully like this. God bless his soul and my condolences to the family.

Nammy
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Nammy 12/30/08 - 02:36 pm
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Near the 18th hole...now

Near the 18th hole...now that's sweet...God bless his family and friends...

wise ole man
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wise ole man 12/30/08 - 02:38 pm
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God be with the Cruse family

God be with the Cruse family at this time.

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Dan White 12/30/08 - 02:39 pm
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I remember being at the

I remember being at the Augusta National during the Masters. A thunderstorm came up. The warning chimes echoed through the tall pines for play to stop and to clear the course, and I over heard a guy saying as he laid on the ground near the 16th hold, "Go ahead and hit me! What a place to go out from!" I am sure Mr. Cruce must have felt the same same way. God rest his soul - taking care of his beloved golf course as a volunteer.

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AugustaHeph homeowner 12/30/08 - 03:14 pm
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God Bless Mr. Cruse family

God Bless Mr. Cruse family and friends. I'm sure he was a wonderful man. I probably saw him or maybe even shook his hand a time or two while at the course, Bless him and May He REst In Peace.

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steelermoose1 12/30/08 - 04:08 pm
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would have been a nice way to

would have been a nice way to go if he hadnt suffered a major painful coronary attack, and then no one was around to help him. He died alone and painfully. What a way to go

Tujeez1
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Tujeez1 12/30/08 - 04:33 pm
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My Uncle, out golfing with

My Uncle, out golfing with his friend and brothers, had just made the drive of his life. They all chided him for having been practicing up on them during the off season. He sat down on the cart and when they looked back, he was gone. He did not cry out in pain, and he died with a smile on his face. Obviously remembering the great drive he had just made and the company of great friends. The Physician at the ER informed us that he went instantly. What a way to go. My condolences and prayers go out to Mr.Cruce's Family.

TEDDY1
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TEDDY1 12/30/08 - 05:01 pm
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almost to the club house

almost to the club house

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 12/30/08 - 05:21 pm
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steelermoose, that rates

steelermoose, that rates pretty high up there as totally classless. Boo to you!

Mac
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Mac 12/30/08 - 06:19 pm
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He died where he loved to be.

He died where he loved to be. No one could ask for a better repose than to go this way. That we all might be so blessed this way is to be grateful for a quiet and peaceful end. God bless him and his family.

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heard it all 12/30/08 - 07:46 pm
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My sincere condolences to Mr.

My sincere condolences to Mr. Cruce's family and friends. To serve others to the end and go out on your own terms is what we should all strive to do. May God rest his soul. (I wonder if this is the cheerful, spunky old fellow I played with there once... still walked and carried his bag at 79... out-played us on every hole too!)

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Fedupinnaugusta 12/30/08 - 08:48 pm
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Playing golf tomorrow

Playing golf tomorrow morning. If a birdy or eagle comes my way I will tip my hat to the sky and know Mr. Cruce is looking down with a smile. God Bless.

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MauriceS 12/30/08 - 10:40 pm
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Since hee was a regular

Since hee was a regular player I am sure he would not change a thing.

Searching 4 the facts
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Searching 4 the facts 12/30/08 - 11:26 pm
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Justice for Justin Elmore and

Justice for Justin Elmore and Sean Bell!
Remembering Alfaigo Davis

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curly123053 12/30/08 - 11:31 pm
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steelermooses comments were

steelermooses comments were way off base. I spent 22 yrs in EMS and I have seen several pass with nothing more than just closing their eyes and going to sleep. You can't go by what you see on TV with all the dramatics.

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captainscott 12/31/08 - 12:30 am
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Steelermoose--nobody wants to

Steelermoose--nobody wants to hear your insensitive comments. Obviously this guy had a lot of friends that thought well of him; I doubt anyone will say the same for you when your time comes.

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palomino9 12/31/08 - 02:23 am
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He dide at a place that he

He dide at a place that he loved so much. Many condolences to the family. I can only wish that we all could live so long and die in a place that we love. Gob Bless!

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sctex 12/31/08 - 06:35 am
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God Bless You Mr. Cruce.

God Bless You Mr. Cruce.

wise ole man
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wise ole man 12/31/08 - 08:05 am
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Can we just get along- wrong

Can we just get along- wrong posting site and how insensitive of you to tarnish this man's eulogy with the likes of the scum you mentioned. Mr. Cruse was a good man- one who just lost his wife recently. One who devoted his life to his family and who was devoted to make his community a better place. I very seriously doubt he had a criminal record unlike the 3 worthless individuals you mentioned. The only record he had was the honors he received while in the military. Get over it- the police did the community a favor by ridding the commumity of these drug dealing parasites. You could put these 3 together and not come up with 1/2 the man Doyle Cruse was.

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devilishlymad67 12/31/08 - 08:36 am
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Justin Elmore and Sean Bell!

Justin Elmore and Sean Bell! Remembering Alfaigo Davis.................better off dead and dealing with God's justice for lowlifes.

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JohnQPublic 12/31/08 - 09:08 am
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Elmore, Bell, Davis... the

Elmore, Bell, Davis... the legacy of standing for nothing and dying for nothing.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 12/31/08 - 09:13 am
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Mr. Cruce, a hole in one!

Mr. Cruce, a hole in one! RIP! There are golf courses in heaven!

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alrboettcher 12/31/08 - 10:08 am
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My thoughts and prayers are

My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

CH
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CH 12/31/08 - 11:06 am
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I'm not a golfer, but dying

I'm not a golfer, but dying on a beautiful green like the Augusta National on a clear day as opposed to dying in a hospital room hooked up to machines is a no brainer for me. I hope when my time comes, I'll be so lucky. We never met, but I hope you rest in peace, Mr. Cruce, and my thoughts are with your family. Now, will somebody teach me how to play golf?

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justthefacts 12/31/08 - 11:11 am
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CH, minor point. It was

CH, minor point. It was Augusta Municipal, not Augusta National.

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merlin 12/31/08 - 12:21 pm
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can we just get along posted

can we just get along posted on another story too, about the Graniteville train wreck from 3 years ago. It was a tragedy adn then he/she has the nerve to throw in something about justice for Justin.????? Sad, sad that you can't let it go and let Justin Elmore rest in peace. And give the rest of us some peace.

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Searching 4 the facts 12/31/08 - 12:50 pm
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Justice for Justin Elmore and

Justice for Justin Elmore and Sean Bell! Remembering Alfaigo Davis

Searching 4 the facts
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Searching 4 the facts 12/31/08 - 01:22 pm
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A trail of controversy seemed

A trail of controversy seemed to follow Mr. Capobianco until he quit the sheriff's office in June 2003.

He was acquitted by a federal grand jury after being accused of using excessive force in the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Alfaigo Davis in 1998. Mr. Davis was shot 10 times by Mr. Capobianco and another deputy after he fled from them to a cul-de-sac on Jonathan Court in south Augusta.

In April 2001, Mr. Capobianco was suspended and later placed on probation for not turning in a Masters Tournament badge he found while working off-duty security at a nightclub. Three months later, he accidentally shot and seriously injured a fellow deputy during a school-shooting training exercise at the same facility he is accused of breaking into last month.

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