90-Year-Old Selling Collection Of 70K Golf Balls For Charity

June 25, 2018 at 11:53 am by Terez in Golf

RJ Smith, a 90-year-old Minnesotan, has been collecting golf balls for 80 years. The “magnificent obsession,” as he calls it, has netted him over 70,000 balls, which sit in 460 milk crates in his garage. Smith began gathering when he was an 11-year-old caddie, and—save for a military stint in World War II—he never stopped. He amasses most of his collection at Northern Hills Golf Course in Rochester, Minn., spending so much time at the property there’s a bench in his honor at the third hole. “My wife always knew where I was at,” Smith told news channel KARE 11. “I wasn’t sitting in the bar.” Smith’s collection includes thousands of logo balls from automakers, colleges and professional sports teams, with the oldest ball from 1917. Smith said he was recently diagnosed with cancer, and isn’t sure how far the disease has spread. He feels it’s time to part with his prized trophies, telling KARE 11 his collection is for sale. Better yet, he plans on donating every penny to charity. “God has given me everything I’ve ever wanted in life and I’ve never had to ask,” he said. – TO