Friday, March 7, 2008

This is NOT Like Aiming for the Driving Range Cart Guy

Tripp Isenhour is winning in the voting for the A-hole of the Week Award.

When pro golfer Tripp Isenhour lost his temper and beaned a shrieking hawk in December, he might have thought the incident, like the bird, was dead and buried.

But the outburst has earned him misdemeanor charges and a torrent of criticism from animal advocates and bird lovers across the nation. If convicted of cruelty to animals and killing a migratory bird, he could face up to a year in jail and fines.

Reports have indicated that he actually tried to uncork a large bucket aiming at the bird. So, did he have 100 balls' worth of frustration? That's a lot!

The fatal swing --- on his 10th attempt to hit the bird --- took place Dec. 12 while Isenhour was taping his Play Like a Pro video at the Grand Cypress golf course.
Oh, ok, he only took 10% of the bucket.
Famous golf coach David Leadbetter --- who didn't witness the episode --- said the odds of a golfer making that shot are one in several thousand.
Well, shoot, we should give him his Tour card back! (Not a shot on Leadbetter at all, just found it funny that was in the piece.)
According to documents from the investigation, the Orlando golfer was reciting lines when the federally protected red-shouldered hawk started making its "kee-aah" sound from about 300 yards away.

"It wasn't that extreme," said sound engineer Jethro Senger, who reported the incident to authorities a few days later. "Initially, it was causing us to stop rolling a few takes." That's what appeared to set Isenhour off, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports.

The golfer, who turned pro in 1990, hopped into a golf cart and drove closer to the feathered creature perched in a tree. For 10 minutes, while the crew waited, Isenhour hit several golf balls toward the bird. He eventually gave up and returned to the set.

The bird then flew closer to the crew and landed in a tall pine tree about 75 yards away. Again, the hawk began to screech.

Isenhour, who earned $471,000 last year and ranked No. 152 on the PGA Tour, started hitting drives at the bird, getting closer with each swing, witnesses told investigators.

On Isenhour's 10th swing, the ball hit the bird, causing it to fall more than 30 feet to the ground. Isenhour yelled, "I didn't think I would hit it," according to reports.
Arjun Atwal was way worse, but this is ridiculous. What a goof.

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