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This high school golfer hoped for a birdie or an eagle but scored an angry goose protecting its nest

Staff writers, April 25, 2018 7:21PM Fox News

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The goose has the golfer in its sights. media_cameraThe goose has the golfer in its sights.


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Golfers dream of scoring a birdie* or an eagle* on the golf course.

But after his run-in with a feisty* goose, an American high school golfer may want to forget feathered creatures and take a quack at another sport.

A protective goose chased and up-ended Isaac Couling at a golf tournament at the weekend. Devon Pitts, the parent of another golfer, filmed the incident* and the photos quickly went viral*.

Forget Godzilla, geese are way more dangerous. media_cameraThis high-school golfer didn’t see the goose coming. Picture: Devon Pitts.

The Detroit News reported that Couling didn’t remember his final score for the round, but he said: “I did par* that hole.”

The attack happened quickly and took everyone by surprise.

“No one came to help,” laughed Couling, a member of the Concord High School team. “All the coaches saw it from the clubhouse. You could see it from there.

“It’s pretty crazy. All my friends were talking about it.”

The goose flew at Couling as he and his group were walking down the fairway* on the seventh hole at the school tournament in Blissfield, Michigan.

“They were aware of a goose nest on their left, which they were looking at but not bothering when from behind them and to the right came the guard goose (protecting the nest),” Blissfield High golf coach Steven Babbitt said, according to The Los Angeles Times newspaper.

Parents in golf carts quickly moved between the goose and the golfers and neither the goose nor Couling were hurt.

Talk about having a rough day. media_cameraIsaac Couling took a dive during the attack. Picture: Devon Pitts.

After Blissfield Athletics shared the photos on Twitter*, The Professional Golfers’ Association of America shared in a post: “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.”

Blissfield Athletics’ Twitter post of the photos received more than 37,000 likes* and nearly 15,000 retweets*, prompting* to chase down the woman who took the photos.

“I’m not going to lie, I was laughing quite hard after the attack was over,” Mr Pitts said. “Isaac spoke with me after the match. I showed him the pictures and we just laughed.

“I wish Issac had hit a hole in one* instead.”


birdie: a golfing score that is one better than what’s a good score on that hole

eagle: a golfing score that is two better than what’s a good score on that hole

feisty: lively

incident: event, happening

viral: shared often and quickly

par: equal to what a good golfer can score on that hole

fairway: down the middle of that part of the golf course

Twitter: a social media platform, similar to Facebook and Instagram

likes: votes that people liked the photos

retweets: shared the photos, called a tweet, on Twitter

prompting: encouraging

hole in one: rare golf score where the ball goes into the hole with the first hit



1. The Goose’s Side

We’ve heard Isaac’s side of the goose attack story.

What would the goose say about it?

Write a funny and imaginative version of this story from the goose’s point of view.

Extension: Edit your story to include one or more examples of hyperbole.

Hyperbole: exaggerated statements or claims that add dramatic effect but not meant to be taken literally.

An example: I knocked him over the moon and back again!

Time: Allow 30 minutes

Curriculum links: English

2. Golf birds

We often hear bird names when it comes to golf but geese are not usually involved. Perform your own research to determine which words from this list are used in golf scoring and what they mean.










Extension: Write the letters of the alphabet on your page and see if you can write an A-Z of golf-themed words.

For the letters X and Z you may use words that contain the letter if you can’t identify any that begin with them.

Time: Allow 10 minutes

Curriculum links: English


Verb adventures: With a partner see if you can you identify all the doing words/verbs in this text. Highlight them in yellow and then make a list of them down your page.

Now see if you and your partner can come up with a synonym for the chosen verb.

Make sure it still makes sense if you were to put it back into the story where it came from.

Try replacing some of the original verbs with your synonyms and discuss if any are better and why.

Curriculum Links: English, Big Write and VCOP


Please do not use one-word answers. Explain what you enjoyed or found interesting about the article. Use lots of adjectives.

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