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NJ Golf Instructor Killed by SUV While Crossing Street in New York

January 5, 2015

A golf instructor at Plainfield Country Club in Edison, N.J., was killed by an SUV while crossing the street in Manhattan on Saturday night, according to the New York Post.

Wesley Mensing, 27, a successful golf trainer, and Erin Sauchelli, 30, were crossing outside the crosswalk when they were hit and pinned underneath the black Mercedes that struck them about 7:45 p.m. on East 62nd Street, but a group of good Samaritans joined in lifting the heavy vehicle.

He was pronounced dead at New York Hospital, where Sauchelli remains in stable condition, cops said.

Mensing was director of instruction at the prestigious New Jersey club, which is ranked 50th in Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses in the U.S.

NJ.com’s Dan Ivers talked to Mensing’s colleagues, who remembered him as a “class act.”

Plainfield Country Club Director of Golf Scott Paris said he had hired Wesley Mensing as the club’s first-ever director of instruction last year. Though Mensing was just 26 at the time, Paris said he was struck by his maturity and easygoing demeanor.

“His ability, the way he handles people — he was just such a class act,” he said. “The way he handled people, and then his combination of skill and passion as a golf instructor was very rare.”

Prior to joining the staff at Plainfield, Mensing worked at the Jim McLean Golf School at Doral in Miami.

“All of us were proud of his accomplishments, and all of us loved to be around Wes,” McLean said in an email. “I know he will be missed very much.”

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