Golfer charged with killing noisy bird during video shoot

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    Isenhour charged with killing noisy bird during video shoot
    Associated Press

    Updated: March 6, 2008, 3:42 PM ET

    ORLANDO, Fla. -- PGA Tour golfer Tripp Isenhour was charged with killing a hawk on purpose with a golf shot because it was making noise as he videotaped a TV show.

    Isenhour was with a film crew for "Shoot Like A Pro" on Dec. 12 at the Grand Cypress Golf course. The 39-year-old golfer, whose real name is John Henry Isenhour III, was charged Monday with cruelty to animals and killing a migratory bird.

    The charges carry a maximum penalty of 14 months in jail and $1,500 in fines.

    According to court documents, Isenhour got upset when a red-shouldered hawk began making noise, forcing another take. He began hitting balls at the bird, then 300 yards away, but gave up.

    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.

    Isenhour's agent, John Mascatello with SFX World Sports Management, did not immediately return an e-mail or telephone message Thursday.

    "He just kept saying how he didn't think he could have hit it, which I think is a stupid thing for a PGA Tour golfer to say," said Jethro Senger, a sound engineer at the shoot. "He can put a ball in a hole from hundreds of yards away, and here he is hitting line drives at something that's, I don't know, a couple hundred feet away?"

    Senger said it was "basically like a joke to [Isenhour]." He said no one in the roughly 15-person crew intervened, and many later regretted it.

    "It was one of those cases where there's some trepidation on whether or not they should speak up and do something," Senger said.

    Senger said the killing was not captured on video. The bird was buried at the golf course and later dug up by Florida investigators.

    Isenhour, of Salisbury, N.C., turned pro in 1990. He had two wins on the Nationwide Tour in 2006.
  2. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    What a freakin' ******.

    I say put that POS in the fairway and let Tiger Woods (the only golfer I know the name of) hit a few dozen balls at him and see if he still thinks it's freakin' funny.
  3. Danny White

    Danny White Winter is Coming

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    I've only gone golfing with my wife once, but the one time we went, she ended up tagging a goose (by accident of course) with a line drive!

    She's never golfed again!

    I told her that many golfers can claim to have had birdies and eagles, but she's the first one I've ever seen with a goose! :D

    For the PETA members of the forum, don't worry, the goose survived with only minor bumps and bruises.

    ROMOSAPIEN9 Proud Grandpa

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    It's just a bird dude.

    I'd like to see the video.
  5. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    I may have told this story before, but I can't remember. Out here many of the courses are desert landscape as you know. I shanked one and as I went looking for my ball I discovered it was very close to a coiled and pissed rattle snake.

    I was shooting a very solid round and I did not want to take a stroke. So I am actually contemplating killing the snake with my 7 iron just so I can take my shot. But I really didn't want to kill the snake because he wasn't doing anything wrong. So I started trying to figure how I could Happy Gilmore the ball by taking a moving start at it.

    In picturing this in my mind I started trying to come up with scenarios in which this might backfire. The image that stuck in my mind was if the snake struck while I was in mid swing and the shaft of the club caught him mid body, then my follow through would lift him off the ground and gravity would drop him right around my head and shoulders.

    I took the drop.


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