Friday, March 7, 2008


Now I"ve heard of shooting a birdie, thousands of golfers have done that. Then there is shooting an eagle, hundreds of golfers have done that. A birdie is 1 under par, an eagle is 2 under par, so what is a hawk 1-1/2 under par? Well this golfer shot a 'hawk'.
Pro golfer Tripp Isenhour faces charges for killing hawk.
Brilliant 9 iron shot, guess you would call it a birdie? no, maybe an eagle? no, a hawk! Should have used the shot for a hole-in-one competition. To bad it ended this way.
Golf Gallery ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)—
An animal rights group wants the PGA Tour to take action against player Tripp Isenhour, facing charges for hitting a hawk with a golf shot because it was making noise as he videotaped a TV show. Isenhour was charged Wednesday with cruelty to animals and killing a migratory bird, misdemeanors that carry a maximum penalty of 14 months in jail and $1,500 in fines.
Isenhour, playing the Nationwide Tour this season after losing his PGA Tour card last year, apologized in a statement released Thursday and said he was only trying to scare the hawk away. The 39-year-old player, whose real name is John Henry Isenhour III, became angry while filming “Shoot Like A Pro” on Dec. 12 at the Grand Cypress Golf Club—his home course—when a squawking red-shouldered hawk forced another take. He got in his golf cart and drove closer to the bird, then 300 yards away, and starting hitting balls at it. The bird didn’t move and Isenhour gave up and drove away. Isenhour started again when the hawk moved within about 75 yards, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer Brian Baine indicated in a report.
Isenhour allegedly said, “I’ll get him now,” and aimed for the hawk. “About the sixth ball came very near the bird’s head, and (Isenhour) was very excited that it was so close,” Baine wrote. A few shots later, witnesses said he hit the hawk. The bird, protected as a migratory species, fell to the ground bleeding from both nostrils. “As soon as this happened, I was mortified and extremely upset and continue to be upset,” Isenhour said in a statement issued through his management company, SFX Golf. “I want to let everyone know there was neither any malice nor deliberate intent whatsoever to hit or harm the hawk. I was trying to simply scare it into flying away.”
Who would ever thought that a golfer could hit the hawk yet alone kill it? What a travesty....
Must be the shot of the day.... Bet you can't do that again in your life...


bigsoxfan said...

Dave Winfield did it with a baseball, although I think he capped one on a pigeon. Hunter Thompson was busted for busting on a goose, while playing with Ed Bradley. Figures the Doctor would carry a shotgun in his golf bag. He's going to eat some crow on this one, but he's in good company. There's something for Saipan, combine the golf with a trap shooting range. All the rage with the marine corps these days. I'll post a link this weekend on the commandants comments about building better hunter/soldiers through shooting skeet. Very popular with the Japanese too. Might want to expand your course building repoitore Sp? Glen.

Bruce A. Bateman said...

Just shows how good those top players really are. Here is a guy who loses his card and is still good enough to hid a hawk's head from 75 yards. Think about the 300 other guys who still have a PGA card (or whatever the number is). A pimple on a gnat's ass at 100 yards. (:-))