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Last Updated: Wednesday April 19 2006 18:32 GMT

Golfers thank ball-collecting dog

Deuce and his owner   Picture: Pontypool Free Press
A dog who has collected 3,000 balls at his local golf club has been rewarded for his efforts - with lifelong membership at the place!

Mongrel terrier Deuce and his owner Jim often take a sunset stroll at Pontnewydd Golf Club and the pet can't resist going looking for lost balls.

The balls he collects are handed out to the Monmouthshire club's young players.

Deuce gets lots of treats, but his reward won't stretch to one thing - the club house is out of bounds!

Deuce's owner, Jim, explained his pet's talent.

"He enjoys it when he gets going and he really comes into his own when the grass is longer and the ferns have grown," said Jim.

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