RJ Smith has been collecting golf balls since he was 11, 80 years ago. he now has 70,000 unique golf balls including one gem from 1911. He is not sure he’ll be around and wants to sell them and give the money to charity. No two golf balls are alike.
A Rochester man who’s amassed roughly 70,000 unique golf balls, is ready to part with them. “I don’t want any of the money,” 90-year-old RJ Smith says. He plans to donate every penny to charity. “It’s just payback time for all the good health I had to hunt golf balls all these years,” Smith says.
Smith collected his first ball as an 11-year-old caddy. Aside from a break for military service in the 1940s, he never stopped.
Today, Smith’s collection fills 460 milk crates, stacked floor to ceiling, in a garage in his backyard.
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