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Australia Boasting World's First Shark Infested Golf Course

BananaStock/Thinkstock(BRISBANE, Australia) -- Every golfer knows you want to avoid the water hazards around your local links.  But thanks to flooding some time ago, the hazards in an Australian golf course have gone from hazardous to potentially deadly.

Pushed along by a rain-swollen river, bull sharks wound up inside a lake at the Carbook Golf Club in Brisbane, and biologists are amazed that since they wound up on the course some years ago near the 14th tee, they have begun breeding.

There are nearly a half dozen eight to 10 foot-long sharks now swimming about at the lake, Sky News reports.

The ecological quirk, however has had a chilling effect: no kids dare jump in the lake to recover lost balls for resale as they traditionally had.

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Kate Middleton's Old Volkswagen Draws $78,000 Bidder

David Cheskin - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- It's not an official state car but, west of London, a 10-year-old Volkswagen Golf has gotten attention fit for a royal.

Sonny Brazil, 21, received the used Golf in 2009 from his father, but had no clue about the history behind his new wheels. It turned out, he later found, that it was once owned by a Miss Catherine Middleton.

"I was a bit surprised at the time," Brazil said. "And even more surprised when I found out they were getting married."

The Golf was registered in November 2001 and its documents show that the first owner was the Duchess of Cambridge. Part-exchanged between Brazil's father and Kate's brother, James, in 2009, Brazil took the wheel and noticed Middleton's name on its bills and log books.

He put the Golf up for auction on eBay a few weeks ago, and it has garnered some unexpected international interest. "I get so many emails from Canada, U.S., Germany, Norway," Brazil told ABC News.

Despite getting a highest bid this weekend of about $78,000, he has closed the online auction and says he is in no hurry to sell.

"It was more of a test to see what the car would make and how many people would be interested," he said. "Someone actually emailed me from America saying I'd be ... [crazy] to sell the car because it'll only increase in value."

Also found in the back seat was a pair of silver cufflinks. Brazil is not sure whose they are, but is working on getting them returned to the Middletons.

Another car with a regal past will be put up on the auction block in the United States this weekend. The 1939 Lincoln convertible that was used for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth's first Canadian tour is expected to go for more than $350,000 at an auction in Plymouth, Mich.

As for Brazil's price tag, he's not revealing what exactly he'd be willing to take to part with the Golf. Although he has since upgraded and now drives a BMW convertible, Brazil says, he doesn't mind holding on to a little piece of royal history for a bit longer.

"It's a one in a million chance, like a lottery ticket," he said. "I'm just a very lucky young man."

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Spanish Golfer Seve Ballesteros Dies

JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images(CANTABRIA, Spain) -- Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros has died. He was 54.

According to a statement posted on his website, Ballesteros died at his family’s home in Pedreña, Spain, shortly after 2 a.m. local time Saturday.

Ballesteros’ death comes after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor on October 5, 2008. On Friday his family had announced that Ballesteros’ neurological condition had severely worsened.

A statement on his website said that the Ballesteros family was “grateful for all the support and gestures of love that have been received” since he was diagnosed, and that the family asks for respect and privacy at this time.

In reaction to Ballesteros’ death, fellow golfer Tiger Woods posted a three-part message on his Twitter account Saturday saying: “I was deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Seve Ballesteros. I always enjoyed spending time with him at the Champions dinner each year at the Masters. Seve was one of the most talented and exciting golfers to ever play the game… His creativity and inventiveness on the golf course may never be surpassed. His death came much too soon.”

Ballesteros won over 80 titles during his golfing career including wins at the Open and the Augusta Masters.

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