Re-purpose Your Old Golf Balls
By Kickntrue on 7/6/11
If I play an entire round with the same ball I'm thrilled- usually because it means my score was void of penalty strokes. By the end of the round my ball has seen the end of it's time in my bag, but now instead of tossing it back to the golf gods I have a better use.

Golf.com received this letter (and verified it's authenticity):
June 14, 2011

To whom it may concern:

I am a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force currently stationed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. On behalf of the men and women of the various branches of our armed forces, we thank you for your kind works and support in our respective duties. We have a common goal of defending our country and its citizens throughout the world.

Like many families, the military family is comprised of many who have a passion for the game of golf and it provides a forum to relieve stress from our other duties. Just prior to my deployment in Afghanistan I achieved my first ‘hole-in-one’ at my home base in Charleston, SC. While our skill levels may vary, we here at Bagram Airfield find it relaxing to use the mine fields outside the base to practice our driving skills. Unfortunately, the ability to retrieve these balls is obviously limited. They do however provide great motivation for distance and accuracy!

That being said, we would like to ask a favor. Through your normal course of operations, if you find yourself disposing of old and unusable golf balls, we would like to take these off your hands. The US Postal Service provides boxes with a fixed cost regardless of the weight. The boxes are free with only the cost of shipping an issue.

If you are able and willing, the receipt of golf balls would be welcomed here at Bagram. My address for shipment is below. On behalf of all the men and women serving here at Bagram Airfield, we thank you in advance for your support. God bless America.

Warm regards,

Staff Sergeant Brandon Michael Edwards
U.S. Air Force
455th ESFS/K9
APO AE 09352
I have about 200 balls in my garage I think I can send on- and I'd encourage you to do the same. Use the flat rate shipping boxes at the post office and you can get a lot of balls over to our troops on the cheap!

Thanks to mjaber for the headsup!

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photo by The US Army


[ comments ]
Envythepea says:
I'm in. I have quite a collection of used balls as well. They may soon have more than they can handle!
7/6/11
 
bkuehn1952 says:
@mjaber and @kickntrue: thanks for the information. I am heading over to the P.O. to get the largest "If It Fits" box they sell. My spouse is going to be really excited to see my collection reduced.

I hope Staff Sergeant Edwards is ready for a huge pile of balls!
7/6/11
 
Mandelbaum! says:
Consider it done. I keep about 60 in a shag bag, but the rest are just taking up space in my basement. Thanks for the heads up on this.
7/6/11
 
mjaber says:
I'm thinking about send my old clubs over, as well. I may write him first and see if they want them (since no one else seems to).
7/6/11
 
Kurt the Knife says:
I got a line for 500 balls @ $11.95 USD but having trouble with the merchant shipping to Afghanistan. $150.00 shipping.
I think I'll take delivery after I get back from the islands n send 'em fixed rate misself.
7/6/11
 
Kickntrue says:
KtK- yah- in US is best to ship because sending to any military location is considered normal US Shipping. outside of postal service- i could see it being ugly.
7/6/11
 
GolferAnt says:
sorry why would you support soldiers of an unjust war? "I do not support the troops and neither should you. It is objectively impossible to support the troops of the imperialist military forces of the U.S. and at the same time oppose the wars in which they fight. The United States has over 700 military bases or sites located in over 130 foreign countries. The hundreds of thousands of troops stationed in these countries are not there to preserve or foster freedom and democracy as the Bush regime would like to claim, but to maintain U.S. imperialist domination of the world. The United States now spends more on its military than all the other nations of the world combined.
If you “support the troops” in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the other more than 100 countries in which they are located, you also objectively support U.S. hegemony in the world." Kenneth Thiesen
7/6/11
 
Kurt the Knife says:
Would be nice to get linx to other units who might like some balls.
This guy's CO is gonna ream his ass in a few days.
Unless he is also a golfer.
Anyone got other unit connections?
7/6/11
 
Kurt the Knife says:
Hey Doc, (dr. knownothing) no politics here.
7/6/11
 
GolferAnt says:
give your stuff to needy kids not military dogs
www.diamondsgolf.org/donate.php
7/6/11
 
Trip says:
I'm in. I might pick up an extra box and send them new ones! I also want to thank the soldiers for protecting my right to say whatever I want on this forum, no matter how absurd it is.
7/6/11
 
bkuehn1952 says:
@Drknownothing: No problem with your expressing personal opinions but referring to members of the US military as "dogs" is not acceptable. If I did not understand your comment, please clarify. Otherwise, stuff it.
7/6/11
 
ToddRobb says:
So Drknownothing because you feel so strongly about the war and the troops, we are all suppose to feel the same way as you, is that how that works?? If you don't want to send them don't, but for you to try tell me not to send them I say shut the fuck up and don't worry about what I do.
7/6/11
 
snuffyword says:
Hey Kenneth, your screen name is very fitting. No need to demonstrate your ignorance and lack of respect. In addition to the needy kids, there are other great organizations that can benefit from our donations. But don't forget, it's OUR CHOICE to donate what we want and to whom we want. I wonder if you would have this freedom if you were living in Afghanistan or Iraq.
7/6/11
 
GolferAnt says:
sorry guys, wasn't trying to force you into doing something you don't want to do. you can go back to your regularly brainwashed program now. What was I thinking? The war is so necessary and just!
7/6/11
 
ToddRobb says:
You want to know what you were thinking?? You were thinking how much of a hypocrite you are by coming here and taking advantage of a freedom that the very troops that you despise so much have died to provide you with.
7/7/11
 
mjaber says:
@Drknownothing... It's not about supporting the war, it's about supporting the troops. There is a difference. Perhaps instead of spewing whatever slanted information your favorite media outlet is telling you to think, you should try thinking for yourself.
7/7/11
 
falcon50driver says:
Drknowitall, Just curious, what country did you sneak here from?
7/7/11
 
Trav says:
He's just quoting an old piece from Mr. Thiessen, an old-time lefty idealogue conspiracist who, like Old Faithful, continues (unless he's dead now) to gush outdated dogma on schedule (I mean, I think I read that Bush hasn't been president for about 2 years or so). So, it's not really accurate to say he knows nothing, he seems to know about being brainwashed.
7/7/11
 
meatball413 says:
We may not agree with the reasons to be at war however we shouldnt take anything away from the men and women who fight for and serve our great nation. If sending over a few shag balls will help ease the minds of soldiers who have seen friends die at war then this is a small but great way for us to help give back...regardless of political point of views.
7/7/11
 
Kurt the Knife says:
this is why most of us try to avoid the political topics.
can we put this one to rest?
7/7/11
 
ebkruger says:
I think a minefield is the perfect punishment for a disobedient golf ball.
7/7/11
 
homermania says:
balls.
7/7/11
 
KVSmith59 says:
The ONLY thing I see wrong with this is hitting balls into a minefield....Don't you think that would attract kids? Probably a non-issue, but that just kind of stuck out a little to me
7/8/11
 
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