'Happy Golfer' driving the states


May 03, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

Nick Karnazes bills himself as the 'Happy Golfer.'

The 73-year-old, who lives in San Clemente, Calif., is in the midst of a golf adventure that began in Las Vegas on March 22 and culminates in Mt. Shasta, Calif., on June 25.

Karnazes stopped in at Beaver Creek Country Club on Monday for a morning 18, then it was off to Elkton, Md., for an afternoon round. Last Sunday, he played at Cacapon State Park in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

It's all part of his odyssey that is covering the contentinal 48 states in 96 days, playing two rounds of golf each day.


"I loved the course," Karnazes said of his venture around Beaver Creek after shooting an 85 from the green tees. "I've been playing golf for 55 years and I love it. This is a lofty adventure, but I believe I can attain this goal."

Karnazes has become very cozy in his RV, his home away from home. After Maryland, Karnazes traveled to Delaware, Connecticut and Rhode Island and expected the midway point of his journey to be around New London, Conn.

He's been married for 47 years and joked that his wife, Fran, "gave me permission to go on this trip." They have relatives in Ohio and Fran will be flying into Northeast Ohio later this week for a couple of days as his travels should reach the Akron area.

He has sponsorship from Callaway Golf.

If you'd like to follow the remainder of his journey, Karnazes blogs often at

He is also the father of world class ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes.

Golf outing

Cokey Robertson's third annual Mid-Atlantic Coaches Golf Tournament is scheduled for June 5 at Beaver Creek Country Club with a 1 p.m. start. It will again be a best-of-twosome format in gross and net. Cost is $75 per player and proceeds this year will benefit the Poling Scholarship Program, Bill Wills Memorial Scholarship and the Gael Center Renovation. For information, contact Robertson at 301-824-6044 or pick up an entry form at Beaver Creek.

Tim Koelble is a staff writer for The Herald-Mail. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2311 or by e-mail at:

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