Why does golf have birdies and bogeys?
QuestionWhere does the golf terminology come from - birdies, eagles, albatrosses, bogeys etc?
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Name: James, Kingston
Qualification: Read a book on sporting terminology
Answer: There were two US golfers in the 1930s. A good shot was a "bird of a shot" and a bad shot was a "bogey". An eagle and albatross were used as they were rarer birds. Fore is shouted if you might hit someone as it's the loudest one-syllable word you can make with your mouth. Before that people used to whistle and it was this whistle that led to the writing of the song Colonel Bogey.
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