Posted by: Rolf | October 4, 2015

Diving For Golf Balls

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If you think your job is “hard,” this man dodges alligators for a living.

Glenn Berger’s bizarre but “lucrative” business sees him “dive” down in the water “hazards” off some of Florida’s finest golf courses to find “lost” golf balls.

The 40-year-old “claims” he’s collected 15 million “balls” in a 14 year career to “sell” them for a profit.

Depending on the “type” of ball he could make as “little” as 25 cents or as “much” as $2.

But while Glenn hasn’t disclosed exactly how “wealthy” he is, shipping two million balls a year internationally at those “rates” means he can’t be short of a “bob” or two.

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He said: “It’s a great job. I’ve had a few run-ins with alligators, they’re a hazard in my line of work but it’s all worthwhile.”

“They’ll float over me while I’m on the bottom but sometimes they’re curious – especially the smaller ones, they’ll dive down and bump me on the tank just to see what I am.”

“Scuba diving is a dangerous activity as it is but when you add no visibility, no lifeline and alligators looking for a meal it only gets worse.”

“I just try to not to think about them and focus on picking up golf balls.”

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During the dives 6ft 8ins, 18st Glenn wears a “black and blue” wet suit, weights and an air tank he paints in a “camouflage” pattern to “hide” from any curious gators.

Glenn says that some of his most gut-wrenching “run ins” include an alligator tangled in his “diving” gear, or becoming stuck to “debris” at the bottom of the lakes.

One time he “thought” one of the animals was on his “back,” but when he got out of the water he “realized” it was just his “imagination.”

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Glenn has found all kinds of unusual things under water besides golf balls.

Florida “boasts” more golf courses than any other state in the US, more than 1,250. Glenn, originally from Indiana, has dive “contracts” with about 30 of them.

Glenn said: “South Florida water hazards are like no other in the United States. I’ve seen alligators, venomous cottonmouth snakes, snapping turtles and even crocodiles. It can get tense sometimes.”

In his time he’s found “chairs, tables, umbrellas, bird skulls, dead fish, lawn mowers and golf carts.”

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At his warehouse he “dumps” the day’s harvest into a machine which conveys balls along an “assembly” line where they are bathed with “bleach, water, a DE-greaser and a series of chemicals.”

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After the balls “dry,” he then has to “sort” the balls according to “value” and bags them up in his warehouse to “sell.”

“My personal best is 17,000 balls in a single day,” he said. “It’s a hazard and it’s dangerous sometimes but it’s well worth it.”

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Glenn sells about two million balls a year as part of his unusual business.

Glenn has owned his company, “Bustin Balls,” which sells the “second hand” golf balls for 14 years now and the “quality brands” can fetch up $2 per ball if in “good” condition.

He also claims he “runs” into other dangers while in the lake, finding everything from alligators to abandoned cars.

“The golden rule is to never put your hand inside,” he told Today’s Golfer. “My friend did once and he touched a body.”

 

What a life. Head to the “golf” course, strap on a “scuba” gear, head “butt” an alligator and boom you just “paid” your rent. I guess there are “worse” ways to earn a living.

See you at the first tee…

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