Adrian, Michgan, USA: Concord High School sophomore, Isaac Couling, 16, while playing in a school tournament, at the Wolf Creek Golf Course in Adrian on Saturday, scored a real life “Birdie” as he was upended by a teed-off Canada goose.
Couling said as he was walking to his ball, after he teed off on the 7th hole, he saw a female goose under a tree and he tried to avoid her because he didn’t want to rile her up.
“And then I look behind me and there’s a goose flying about five feet from me, and that’s when I started sprinting in the first photo,” Couling said.
Couling said he took three dives, with his bag of clubs in tow, and on the third dive, he hit the goose with his foot and it left him alone.
Couling said he still ended up shooting par on the hole despite not being able to use his clubs because they fell out when he flipped over and the goose was guarding them.
“But the rest of the round wasn’t too good,” said Couling, who had six more holes to play and ended the round shooting 100 on 18 holes.
The photos, snapped by Devon Pitts of Blissfield, were shared by the Blissfield Athletics’ Twitter account have since gone viral
The PGA of America, wrote on its website: “Though geese can be beautiful when watching them fly in flocks, the truth is they can be a real nuisance to golfers. And that’s without them attacking golfers.”
“Occasionally geese nest in inappropriate sites, such as in shrubbery near buildings or parking lots. They can demonstrate aggressive behavior toward people while defending their nesting territory,” the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, MDNR, says on its website.
March and April is usually nesting season for Canada geese, which are drawn to areas with food, water, and protection and often find refuge on in areas such as golf course ponds, according to information on the MDNR’s website.
The birds were near extinction at one point, the state agency said, but their populations have boomed across the continent because of wildlife management programs and the Canada geese’s adaptability.
In 1970, there were 9,000 Canada geese in Michigan. Today, there are more than 300,000 across the state, according to the MDNR, which said the birds are found in every county but most common in the southern third of the state.
“Birdie” is one of the basic scoring terms used by golfers, and it means a score of 1-under par on any individual golf hole. Par, is the expected number of strokes it should take an expert golfer to complete a hole. Every hole on a golf course is given a par rating, those ratings usually being either par-3, par-4 or par-5. That means that an expert golfer should need three strokes, four strokes and five strokes, respectively, to play those holes.