Behind the camera: How one golfer got an incredible Praying Mantis photo

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We got the story behind a wonderfully unique photo by a reader as part of the #PGA365 series.
By Matt S. Craig

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Sunday, November 13, 2016 | 2:06 p.m.

You never know what you're going to find on the golf course. The key is to always have your camera ready.

Sam Charbonneau was playing a round at The Old Course at Thousand Islands Country Club in Wellesly Island, New York, with his parents and brother when he came across a photo opportunity he couldn't pass up.

The picture was a pretty spectacular addition to our #PGA365 collection of the best reader-submitted photographs. So we reached out to Sam, to see if we could hear the story behind this timely meeting between man and bug.

We were on the 15th hole, the best par 4 in the state, I hit the green in regulation which is an accomplishment on its own. I was with my parents and my brother. I noticed the praying mantis on the green and had my brother take the photo with my iPhone and me in the background. It was a gorgeous day and I have never seen an insect like that around there. We are surrounded by wildlife up there but this was pretty unique. I 2 putt and got out of there. Lol. I think I shot a 72 or 73. Its a par 71.

Sam can't be blamed for missing the putt, considering someone walked in his line. Someone has to teach the Praying Mantis community a lesson in golf etiquette. Thankfully it didn't stop him from carding an excellent round.

We would love more stories like Sam's. Submit your photos by taging them with #PGA365 on social media!


Matt S. Craig is a intern and a Digital Sports Production student at Ball State University.