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Iowa man turns lost golf balls into 6-foot statue

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    ALTA — Golf is a popular sport for many around the world but for Kevin Pingel, his love of golf can be seen through a unique creation of his.

    “I’ve probably played golf since, oh, I started in high school, been playing it ever since,” said Kevin Pingel. He even lives on a golf course. Not only does he hit golf balls, he also keeps the ones he finds. Instead of just keeping those extra golf balls in his house, he decided to use them in another way.

    “A person told me that I should build a stick man. I took that and decided I need to make a 3-D life sized body of one,” said Pingel.

    Last November, he started drilling holes in to hundreds of golf balls. The hard part came afterward. “I would always have to slide the balls on the rods and weld the corners, wherever I had to weld it together. We have a steel bending machine at work. I just bent it in that,” said Pingel.

    It was completed in May, weighing in at a 100 pounds, standing nearly 6 feet tall and made up of 600 golf balls. And the inspiration behind the project? Kevin wanted to make a figure that resembled the golf swing form of his favorite pro-golfer, Tiger Woods.

    Kevin also says the statue is becoming quite the attraction in Alta.