Members of Turnberry Golf Club have teamed up with an Ayrshire company to give a financial boost to a charity.

Turnberry member David McDowall and his colleagues have teamed up with Ayrshire Discount Golf Balls – to raise money for Ayrshire Cancer Support.

The winning partnership has already boosted the charity’s coffers by nearly £600.

At Turnberry GC, members started a charitable endeavor in 2003 when golfers kept finding stray golf balls. So they set up a barrel in the club room and then encouraged members to donate the unwanted balls.

The balls were sorted into grade A mint balls then sold to Ayrshire Cancer Supports stores and practice grade balls sold to a recycling company.

David McDowall said: “Since the start of the project and until the Covid pandemic took hold, the project delivered 1,232 dozen Grade A balls for sale in stores, generating around £6,160.

“Unfortunately the pandemic has caused many ACS stores to close and we have suddenly stocked up on grade A balls.

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“I have been alerted by Ayrshire Discount Golf Balls, who will be buying used golf balls, cleaning, sieving and sorting them and then reselling them.”

ADGB was founded in July 2020 by the boys of Troon Campbell Mathieson and Andrew Bogle. They specialize in selling recycled golf balls.

David revealed: “Their website was impressive including their charitable donations and so now we have a situation where we can sell the balls to them and they pay the money directly to Ayrshire Cancer Support.

“Our first batch resulted in a payment to ACS of £494.48 to which ADGB added a generous donation of £100.”

Members of Turnberry Golf Club were major contributors to the project and some members of Royal Troon also contributed.

David added: “Most golfers will have unwanted golf balls in the bottom of their golf bags or in garages or sheds. It’s just a matter of spending time researching and we can try to turn them into funds for charity.

More recently, Ayrshire Discount Golf Balls got a new headquarters in Irvine, filling its warehouse with over 100,000 golf balls in stock.

If any readers have golf balls lying around, you can always donate them to Ayrshire Cancer Support, either directly or through the Turnberry Golf Club.

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