North Carolina Man Raises $500,000 For Veterans Selling Stray Golf Balls
When my dad retired he used to collect stray golf balls at the city park course near our house in Shelby. He ended up with thousands of them and he mostly gave them away to friends and family. One North Carolina man raised nearly $500,000 for veterans selling stray golf balls.
Bob Duke from Brunswick County collects lost golf balls, cleans them and resells them. Then he and his helpers donate the money to the “Wounded Warrior Project”. Bob tells WWAY, “I’ve had people ask me, ‘well how many hours do you work’ I said, ‘I never think about that, I work with a mission in mind,’”.
It’s a passion project for Bob. He is a retired Army Master Sergeant and at 80 still has a desire to help his fellow soldiers. Saint James Plantation in beautiful Southport, North Carolina is one of the places where Bob and his fellow collectors look for the golf balls. Bob says the work he does for wounded soldiers does not compare to the gift they give the country. They give the gift of freedom according to Southport’s most famous golf ball collector.
The ‘Wounded Warrior Project’ is a non-profit organization that offers programs and resources for the country’s service men and women. To learn more about this North Carolina man raising money for veterans selling golf balls, get details here from Channel 3.