Last week at Longshore, Chris Davies — a 9-year veteran professional golf pro and instructor — took a short detour off the course. He helped not a golfer, but a raptor.
There are 3 osprey nest on the Longshore course: one by the 1st and 2nd hole; another near the ER Strait Marina; a third on the exit road, by the 12th green.
Chris — an avid fisherman — was asked to help save a young osprey. A fishing line was wrapped around its wings. It could not fly, or barely move.
With the help of Dave Boviei — longtime golf course starter — Chris used fishing line cutters to rescue the beautiful bird.
Then he returned to the junior camp, where head pro Jon Janik and PGA pro Mark Farrell were helping 18 young golfers learn the game.
Hopefully, the osprey Chris saved will return next spring. It will spend the winter down south.
Unlike Chris. In addition to golf, he’s a gifted hockey instructor at the Longshore rink.
Westporters — and ospreys — are lucky to have him here.
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