Spean spaniels are on the ball

The Oban Times - - News -

TWO FURRY vol­un­teers have been help­ing to fundraise for a Lochaber golf club by col­lect­ing thou­sands of balls from the out­skirts of the course.

Springer spaniels, Linnhe and Palla, spend their daily walks at the Spean Bridge green hunt­ing for lost balls and bring­ing them to own­ers, Pat and Colin David­son, who then clean them and re­turn them to the golf club to be sold for club funds.

The two-year- old dogs col­lected more than 3,000 balls when they were pup­pies and Colin, who is pres­i­dent of the golf club, thinks they have found thou­sands more since.

He said: ‘I was keep­ing track of how many they found for the first year and then I lost count there were so many. My wife, Pat, took them a walk around the course re­cently and they came back with 40 from just one walk.

‘I have no idea how much money has been raised from re­cy­cling the balls be­cause it all goes in with the kitchen fund, but I think it must be a rea­son­able amount.’

The spaniel sis­ters have been so ea­ger in their bid to col­lect the golf balls, their own­ers have had to train them not to steal them from the course dur­ing games.

Colin said: ‘ We’re train­ing them so they know only to take them from the rough and they’re get­ting good now.

‘They’re quite fa­mous around the club and the vil­lage for run­ning around col­lect­ing the balls.’

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