While the news of a pro golfer getting a birdie isn’t usually a big deal, it is a big deal when a pro golfer kills a birdie…or in this case a frickin huge hawk. That’s right, PGA tour golfer Tripp Isenhour blasted several golf balls at the hawk who was reportedly making noise during the shooting of the show Shoot Like A Pro” on Dec. 12 at the Grand Cypress Golf Club. The red shouldered hawk was about 300 yards away when it first began to disrupt the filming.
After several takes, Tripp drove closer to the bird in his golf cart 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.
“Because of the high profile nature of this case, the PGA needs to take steps to address its interest and to make it clear that they don’t condone animal cruelty,” said Dale Bartlett, the deputy manager for animal cruelty issues for the Humane Society of the United States.”
Isenhour immediately apologized and it is not yet known what, if any, legal actions will be taken against the PGA tour pro.
full story at Golf.com