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POSTED: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 - 11:04am

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 11:59am

Police said two men from Pleasant View, Tenn., were killed at Hermitage Golf Course in Hermitage, Tennessee after strong winds blew a tree onto their golf cart just before 9 a.m. on Sunday.

Jason Proffitt, 32, and Joseph Carter, 63, both died at the scene.

Police, firefighters and paramedics all arrived to try and save the two trapped golfers.

"As our people arrived on scene they reported two individuals trapped under a tree in a golf cart," said Nashville Fire Department Chief Ricky Taylor.

The golf course closed for the day shortly after the accident and is working with authorities.

The owner of the Hermitage Golf Course released a statement saying they were deeply saddened by what happened, and that their thoughts and prayers go out to the families.

Over on the Shelby Golf Course in east Nashville, the weather cut Wayne Savage's golf game short too but never did he think it was serious enough to cause harm.

"Golf is not a game for when wind is real high," said Savage.

Rain forced most golfers inside at Shelby.

Many were surprised that what seemed like simply a nuisance could cause such great loss.

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