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Kirk Completes Epic Quest
Road warrior Larry Kirk successfully completed his quest of playing 50 states in 50 days when he played the Winthrop Gold Course as his last stop on Monday.
This was Kirk’s third time to play all 50 states, but doing it in such a short period stretched him and his car to the limit.
During the trip, Kirk, 51, of Atwater, Calif., had to service his car for major brake repair in Billings, Mont., had to repair a blown tire in Syracuse, N.Y., repair another blown tire in Hartford, Conn., and he lost his driver’s license for a week.
“I’m counting change out of my pocket. It’s been a fun road trip but it hasn’t been easy,” said Kirk, a Technical Sergeant of the California Air National Guard.
It hasn’t all been bad. Along the way he’s enjoyed reuniting with some friends he’s made across the country, some he met on previous journeys.
Despite the car trouble, experience was on his side though. He had it mapped out and took some of the routes he did on earlier trips.
According to Kirk, he’s the fourth disc golfer to play all 50 states and by doing so joined an exclusive club called the Nifty Fifty Flying Disc Golf Club led by Bill and Susan Leslie of New Mexico, who were the first to do so in 2009.
He may well have the record now for completing the journey in so little time.
While Kirk’s driving adventure is over, he’s in the middle of a disc golf adventure playing in the USDGC Performance Flight. He said earlier that he understands the challenge of Winthrop Gold and the demanding OB, but he’s just glad to be a part of it. He may not have a big arm, but he might pull out a roller or two and try to keep his head above water.