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Ghost hunt set at Harrison golf course

| Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Eric Felack | Valley News Dispatch
Pittsburgh Paranormal Research Team members from left, Corey Mickle, Shaun Visnesky, and Tyler Huth synchronize their video camera times before beginning their weekend analysis of the former Brackenridge Heights Country Club in the background.

Many golfers have horror stories about Brackenridge Heights Golf Course's fourth hole.

The long par-3 features a tiered green, with water to the right and woods on the left.

But some people say the prospect of making triple bogey isn't the scariest thing about the hole.

Course lore says the ghost of a young boy who drowned in the pond haunts the Harrison golf course.

“We've owned (the course) for two years, and I've probably seen that kid eight times,” course owner Ted Tomson said. “One day in the winter, I was talking to people in the bar, and out of the corner of my eye I saw a kid ice skating on the putting green.

“He had a scarf on, which is what everyone says he's wearing when they see him. But every time I looked over, he was gone,” Tomson said. “People see him peeking out from behind trees. They see him all around.”

The suspected phantom is thought to be a child who died when the ice on the pond cracked and he fell through while playing with his sister and a friend.

The other children survived.

The frequent alleged sightings of the child, and those of a former groundskeeper, who is said to haunt the clubhouse caused Tomson to call the Freeport-based Pittsburgh Paranormal Research Team.

“Everyone who worked there had experiences before,” said Tyler Huth, founder of the A-K Valley's version of Ghostbusters. “I've actually messaged people who used to work there to get their own personal experience.”

Huth, 25, will be joined by friends and team members Shaun Visnesky and Corey Mickle this weekend as they conduct a paranormal investigation of the course. The group will film the excursion for their self-produced web show “Journey 'Til Dawn.”

Huth said the group does about eight investigations a year.

“We have all high-tech equipment,” Huth said. “We split up and individually investigate the area.

“We investigate in the same style (the TV show) ‘Ghost Hunters' does.”

Huth said he and his team will try to determine whether there are actually non-human beings residing on the course, and if there are, who they were in their previous life.

“We pride ourselves on the research,” he said. “We look for history of death at the venue and potential names of people who could be there, spirit-wise.”

Huth said the group does their investigations for free. The group will present their findings at a dinner at the course's restaurant, Tables on the Green, on Nov. 2.

“We've been doing this for about three years as a group,” Huth said. “For us, it really pays just to meet people and see these places with historical value.”

R.A. Monti is a freelance writer.

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