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Posts Tagged ‘golf’

78-year-old will end marathon golf adventure in Wasilla: hopes to meet Gov. Palin

Posted by Dr. Fay on June 10, 2012

Here is an inspiring story of a 78-year-old man performing a feat that would be daunting for someone half his age.  He is driving 20,000 miles in a rental car plus making a plane trip to Hawaii and one to Alaska so he can golf on 50 different courses in 50 different states in 50 days.  His last stop:   Wasilla, Alaska, where he hopes to meet Governor Palin!

From an article by Glenn Price at durantdemocrat.com:

Some people never get tired of a challenge. Take Harry Scott, for example. Harry is a 78 year old retired CPA from Somers Point, NewJersey who decided to play 50 golf courses in 50 days in all 50 states.

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Think about this for just a little bit. He not only plays the four hour round of golf but also must get to his next golf course in the same day. Most people his age can’t even play more than three times in a week, let along drive another eight hours or so to the next destination.

“I wanted to do this while I was still a young man,” said Scott. (There was maybe a little tongue in cheek when he said that, but not much. He pretty much meant it.)

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Scott brought up some good personal changes since he started the trip. “I’m a much better golfer now,” Scott explained. “I bet I’ve dropped about 5-6 strokes off my scores. I’m also in much better shape than when I started.”

“I’ve played some really nice courses along the way and a few not so nice,” said Scott. “The Notre Dame course was probably the most prestigious. It sure is a lot of fun. I’ve met some really nice people.”

The last course lower 48 states to be played will be in Bremerton, Washington and then Scott plans to fly to Hawaii from Seattle. After Hawaii, he will take another plane to Alaska for his late night round in Wasilla, Alaska on June 19th. He is planning on finishing the round at 11pm which will be on the 50th day of his golf odyssey. He will then fly home to New Jersey.

Scott said that he has always stayed in motels and all were reserved and paid for in advance throughout the trip although he doesn’t have one scheduled for Alaska yet.

“Maybe Sarah Palin will let me stay with them,” said Scott. (Sarah Palin’s home is in Wasilla, Alaska.) “That would be quite an ending to the trip, to stay with Sarah Palin.”

His 20,000 mile trip is all in a rental car. When asked about that Scott remarked that the last time he did this the guy at the car rental counter could not believe the mileage when he turned in the car. He will turn the car in at the Seattle airport.

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He was so excited thinking about finishing on the course in Alaska and how exciting it will be. He remarked about how the adrenaline will be pumping at that time.

“The enormity of it all is just remarkable,” said Scott. “Just think, 50 days of golf with 50 different courses in 50 different states.”

The other enormity is that most of Scott’s driving was alone, most rounds were played by himself (although many rounds were played with friends and/or family that joined him along the way) and he is only two years short of 80! What will his next challenge be?

Hopefully he can meet Sarah Palin.

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