Sumter coroner confirms drowning at Quixote Club golf course


The body of a man was recovered from the water on Quixote Club’s golf course Wednesday afternoon.

His body was found with a submerged golf cart, according to Sumter County Coroner Robbie Baker just before 7:15 p.m., that appeared that have run off the side of the path into a pond.

Baker said the coroner’s office is being told the man was a Quixote employee. Multiple officials also said this, but his employment has not been confirmed with the company. The country club and golf course, 1005 Golfcrest Road, is a newly redeveloped course and clubhouse at the former Sunset Country Club.

The Sumter Fire Department, Sumter Police Department, Sumter County EMS and Sumter County Coroner’s Office have responded to the scene.

Initial reports indicated some of the missing man’s personal items were found near the water. The roads were blocked off by emergency crews Wednesday, but they could seen to be set up at a pond on the course.

Joey Duggan, Sumter Fire Department division chief, confirmed the situation was being considered a fire and rescue mission as divers prepared to enter the water.

It is not clear to The Sumter Item yet who the man is nor his role at the course. His name will not be announced until his family is notified. It is also not known if there were people playing the course at the time, but the weather was rainy Wednesday.

Baker said an autopsy will be performed later this week.

A Quixote spokesperson did not wish to comment when contacted about 6 p.m.

More information will be provided as it becomes available. The Sumter Item was on scene.

Item reporter Shelbie Goulding contributed to this report.