Diving for golf balls exposes entrepreneurs to hidden peril

Posted: 01/15/2012 in all marine news

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Most people head to the golf course for a day of relaxation or competition, but golf ball divers Jarrett Cornell and Cody Allen were at Arrowhead Golf Course in Naples last Thursday to get a job done.

“It’s a really weird job,” Allen said.

While everyone else is in shorts, the 20-year-olds suit up in scuba gear and head out to the water.

They swim through murky waters to find all of the golf balls that didn’t quite make it to their intended targets.

“We’ll sit here and watch people tee off and were kind of like, ‘Water, water, water,’ you know? So it’s kind of like every golf ball we see go in water, it’s a couple more pennies were going to make,” Cornell said.

Equipped with oxygen tanks and masks, the golf ball divers say they don’t mind the goofy gear as long as they find what they’re looking for. To do that, they swim through the unknown.

“The deep water is probably my biggest thing. We got courses that get 30-feet deep in pitch black – it’s scary,” Allen said.

In just 20 minutes Thursday, the pair came out with two bags full of balls, which they turn around and sell for $.08 each.

The Arrowhead course has 20 ponds filled with golf balls.

In just a couple of days, divers collected 50,000 balls, then refurbished and resold the, making good money.

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