Travel Goal Getter had the chance to speak with golfer Harry Scott on Friday, 6/22/12, about his amazing achievement of playing 50 golf courses in 50 states in 50 days.
Having completed his trip on Tuesday, I anticipated hearing a tired voice on the line. Instead, when asked how he felt about his 50 day journey, I was pleasantly surprised to hear the Mr. Scott was "exhilarated". As if he was still on a "runners high" from his trip, as he spoke I began to understand the scope of his accomplishment. I had to repeat it to myself: 50 courses in 50 days in 50 states. Equally as impressive as the feat itself, this was not the achievement of a 20 year old with fresh legs and the ability to operate at full throttle on 4 hours of sleep. This was the accomplishment of a 78 year old grandfather.
Like most trips of this scale, Mr. Scott's journey was not void of speed bumps. For example, when other golfers were frantically racing towards to clubhouse at the first sight of rain, Mr. Scott was staying the course and playing though steady rain for four days. He knew that even a slight deviation from his schedule would snowball and affect his chances of successfully reaching his goal. Past goal oriented trips (years ago he went to 30 ball fields in 30 days) prepared him for deviations such as when a golf course in Arizona was unexpectedly closed. Another course was found, albeit two and a half hours off the route map. Detours and rain included, nothing deterred his path to reaching his goal.
As our conversation came to a close, it was clear that something special had happened. Despite pleads from his own family not to attempt such a monumental undertaking, Mr. Scott's trip was fueled by his love of the game, his love of travel and his unwavering sight on achieving his goal. He did not hit a hole in one but he certainly did drive it the distance.
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