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Golf balls, golf balls everywhere

Alexandria boys and girls golf team members helped pick up golf balls on Tuesday, April 30 on the Geneva Golf Club driving range. (Photo by Lowell Anderson)

Members of the Alexandria boys and girls golf teams had their hands full last Tuesday, picking up a sea of golf balls on the Geneva Golf Club's driving range.

Of course, they were the ones that hit most of them.

Because all of the area golf courses have been buried under snow for weeks, the teams were allowed to use the range at Geneva with just one condition: They'd help pick up the balls once the snow finally melted.

"It was a good trade for both of us," explained Scott Dirck, a PGA professional who operates a golf academy at Geneva that allows golfers to hit from inside a heated building into the open air.

A golf ball picker machine is typically used to retrieve the balls on the range but because there were so many so close together, it wouldn't have been effective, Dirck noted.

"I've never seen anything like this," he said on Monday before the high schoolers arrived. "We usually have about 15,000 balls out on the range and now there are about 180,000...It looks like hail."

The scene was so unusual that Dirck snapped a photo and put it on his Facebook page. Within an hour, it received 1,000 hits.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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