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Eighty foot net keeps golf balls ‘on course’

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DANNY IVISON
Ellis County Press
FERRIS - Old Brickyard Golf Course has become more visible from Interstate 45 and safer for motorists. America's Nationwide Netting, Inc. has been busy installing an 80 foot high net to contain errant golf balls from leaving the course and striking passing motorists on the interstate.

Bryan Andrade of the netting company said the highest net they had constructed was 110 feet in Dallas.

The company installs netting for golf courses, driving ranges, baseball fields and batting cages all over the United States.

'When we leave here we are going to Englewood, Colorado to install a batting cage for the catcher for the Colorado Rockies, Scott Servais,' he said.

Andrade started the netting business six years ago. He was formerly a shrimper who worked off the Texas coast. The netting used at the golf course is the same netting shrimpers use.

Andrade said two factors have caused his business to boom. One is the liability factor. But the biggest reason is Tiger Woods. 'Ever since Tiger Woods got into golf, driving range business has went off the scale. There are driving ranges everywhere,' he said. 'That created a big need for what we do.'

Andrade said the course in Ferris is one of the best he has seen in the South. He said he only knows of a couple of other courses in Atlanta that are on a par with this one. He said this course would be one of the top courses in the area.

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