NEW BUFFALO, Mich. (AP) – A 52-year-old resident of Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood has died in a freak accident on a southwest Michigan golf course.

The Berrien County sheriff’s office said the victim was walking between the course’s first and second holes about 8:30 a.m. Friday when a large tree toppled and struck his head.

His body was found by other club members at the Dunes Club and Golf Course, about 100 miles southwest of Grand Rapids.

The Streeterville Organization of Active Residents (SOAR) identified the victim as Bruce Florine, a Michigan native and PGA Tour consultant who resided in the Chicago high-rise neighborhood.

“We have lost a dear friend and a true leader in Streeterville,” said Brian Hopkins, President of SOAR, said in a news release. “Bruce gave so much of his passion and energy to our community. We are devastated by this tragic accident, and join Bruce’s family in grief as we extend our deepest condolences to them.”

High winds moved into West Michigan Thursday. Storms Friday were expected to create high waves on Lake Michigan. A storm warning was in effect for part of the day.

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