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Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 4:41pm

Florida couple fed up with barrage of golf balls from neighboring course.

A Naples, Florida couple says they're under attack every day by dozens of golf balls from a nearby golf course.

Now they've fired back with a lawsuit.

Bill and Dottie Abbott say golf balls fly into their yard from the first tee at Stonebridge Country Club.

"We're 125-150 yards off the first tee," said Bill Abbott.

At times the balls have busted through windows and screens, also damaging roof tiles.

For 15 years they've picked up golf balls, thousands of them.

"I'm getting old. I'm getting tired. And I'm getting a little crusty," said Abbott.

The Abbotts have filed a lawsuit against Stonebridge, saying the course:

"Has negligently maintained its property so that thousands of golf balls have struck the plaintiffs' property damaging it and creating a personal injury hazard to the plaintiffs and anyone else on their property..."

The golf course was created years after the Abbotts' home was built.

Golfers say changes to the course were made with the Abbotts in mind.

"They put these trees here to prevent that from happening. Because we care for our neighbors," said one golfer.

Other neighbors say since Stonebridge was renovated last year they've had far fewer golf balls on or near their home.

"We've asked them for years to do something and they couldn't care less. That's why all of a sudden, I had to go to a lawyer," Abbott said.

The lawsuit was filed in a Collier County circuit court last week.

Repeated attempts to get a hold of Stonebridge's general manager were unsuccessful by phone and in person at the country club's gate Wednesday.

The Abbotts are seeking $40,000 in damages.
 

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