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Dog honored for returning balls
撿回高爾夫球的狗獲獎

A golfer marks his ball at the 2006 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.
於喬治亞州奧古斯塔舉辦的2006高爾夫球名人賽上,一位高爾夫球員正標記球的落點。 (照片:歐新社)

PHOTO: EPA

A golf club in southern Wales has awarded lifetime membership to a mongrel dog because of his uncanny knack for finding lost balls from golf shots that have gone off the course.

But the friendly white dog, called Deuce, cannot fully enjoy membership at the Pontnewydd Golf Club -- dogs are banned from the clubhouse.

Since his owner, club member Jim Phillis, began taking him for daily walks from his house bordering the course near Cwmbran in Monmouthshire, Deuce has returned more than 3,000 balls that had been hit into the long grass.

Club secretary Carl Phillips said, "I've been playing with the same ball for two years. I can't get rid of it."

Because of his abilities, Deuce has been made a member of the veterans' section, although at age six, he is considerably younger than the 50 years needed to qualify as a senior player.

Phillis said his pet comes into his own in the summer months when ferns around the course can grow to more than one meter.

"You've got to watch him because he'll carry the same ball around the whole course if you let him," he explained.

"But if I take one off him, he'll go off and look for another one to play with. And that's how we end up collecting so many."

"He won't pick up yellow ones. I can only guess that he thinks it is a tennis ball. They all come back to the club for the boys to use, which is good because some of them are quite expensive." (AFP)

威爾斯南部的一家高爾夫球俱樂部頒給一隻混種狗終身會員資格,因為牠有驚人的本領能撿回被擊出球道高爾夫球。

不過,這隻叫杜斯的友善白狗無法在 Pontnewydd 高爾夫球俱樂部盡情享用會員身分,因為狗不得進入俱樂部會所。

這座高爾夫球場位於蒙茅斯郡的昆布蘭鎮,杜斯和俱樂部會員的主人吉姆*菲力斯就住附近。打從主人開始每天帶著牠自家裡出發散步,杜斯已撿回超過三千顆被打進長草區的高爾夫球。

俱樂部幹事卡爾*菲力普斯說:「我已經用同樣的球打了兩年,就是擺脫不了它。」

杜斯因為這項能力而晉升長青會員,儘管今年六歲的牠,比資深選手的資格年齡五十歲要年輕許多。

Reading Comprehension
閱讀測驗

1. What ISN'T Deuce allowed to do?

a. Return other players' balls.

b. Go into the clubhouse.

c. Go for walks by himself.

2. How many balls has the dog returned?

a. 50.

b. 3,000.

c. 300.

3. To be a member of the veterans' section, you must ...

a. bring your dog.

b. be human.

c. be at least 50 years old.

4. Deuce won't look for another ball if ...

a. he already has a ball.

b. the ball he has is yellow.

c. no one asks him to.


菲力斯說當夏天球場旁的蕨類長到超過一公尺高,就是杜斯大顯身手的時候。

他解釋:「你得看著牠,因為如果你不阻止牠,牠會帶著同一顆球繞整個球場走。」

「但如果我把牠的那一顆拿走,牠會去找其他顆球來玩,所以我們後來才會收集這麼多球。」

「牠不肯撿黃色的球,我只能猜牠以為那是網球。這些球都還給俱樂部讓會員們使用,這是件好事,因為當中有些球很貴。」 (法新社/翻譯:鄭湘儀)

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