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Golfer hits Anchorage links as part of dream trip

By Dave Goldman Photojournalist: Dave Leval - 11:57 AM June 12, 2017

And you think you have a golf story?

Soren Jacobsen turns 50 this year. He liked to golf and travel — lots of enthusiasts combine them, but, not like this.

On Wednesday night, Jacobsen flew into Ted Stevens International Airport. Nothing special there. He was leaving the airport and heading straight for the Anchorage golf course. It was already around 10 p.m. Strange enough though, there’s still light this time of year. But, an evening round just began it.

This was his forty-ninth round in 49 days — in the forty-ninth different state. In this case, it was also the forty-ninth state.

In a place where eagles are more common in the sky than the scorecard, Jacobsen, a native Idahoan celebrated his 50 years by playing 50 rounds of golf in 50 days in all 50 states.

The idea itself was decades old.  He thought of in college — it only began to take flight two years ago.

“I think it’s important to pursue what you want to do and live life.” he said while playing through a light rain on a cool evening.

Though most enthusiasts prefer warm weather when hitting the links, Soren was just fine with the conditions.

“First of all, I don’t like being hot,” he said. This makes sure it never happens.”

With his wife Melanie driving the cart, Jacobsen, a senior IT specialist for the Idaho State Legislature dealing with the normal hazards and the not so normal — such as a moose at the fourth hole.

“I don’t want to bother the moose,” he said. “I can hit a ball down there and we can drive by and leave the ball and see where it goes. The moose lives here. I’m just visiting.”

And for a short time too. He played a “bonus” round at of all places — Moose Run. That was Day 49. Day 50 would bring one final trip and challenge — Hawaii, and then some relaxation.

His last two states were the only ones reached by air. The rest made for a serious road trip. The 15,000-mile journey began in the Pacific Northwest on April 21st.

“We started in Oregon, went down the West Coast, went along the bottom of the country, up the Eastern Seaboard, then back across the top,” said Jacobsen.

Now, that’s course management.



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