6 continents in six days to play golf

Harry Scott, of Somers Point, golfs in Rhode Island during his trip last year to play golf in 50 states in 50 days. This year, he’s going for something bigger.

Somers Point's Harry Scott will celebrate his 80th birthday by playing golf on six continents in six days, starting Labor Day.

It's a trip the widower and retired accountant is taking by himself.

"The problem is it's physically exhausting. I don't want to take anybody who is not really committed," Scott said.

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He'll start on a Monday at the Bonville Golf Resort in Australia, the only country where he'll tour the sights. He's going a week early for that.

On Tuesday, he'll play Glenmarie Golf & Country Club in Malaysia; and on Wednesday the Dreamland Golf Resort in Cairo, Egypt, next to the Pyramids. If the situation there is too violent, he'll go to a course in Tunisia instead, he said.

On Thursday, he'll be in London for a round at Stoke Park Country Club, which was in the James Bond movie "Goldfinger"; then it's on to Nassau, Bahamas, and the Ocean Club Golf Course. His final stop will be the Junko Golf and Tennis Club in El Junquito, Venezuela.

"When anyone asks why he does it, he says, 'It's fun and I'm doing it while I'm still young,'" said friend Bill Elliott, of Egg Harbor Township.

Last year, Scott played 50 golf courses in 50 states in 50 days. During the past 20 years, he has done several high-speed trips, including attending 30 baseball games in all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums in 30 days.

Scott, who said he also takes relaxing trips, didn't start golfing until he retired in his 60s. He said he's not a particularly good golfer, "but I love it."

ACIT grads' success

Atlantic County Institute of Technology graduating seniors Jaythan Alvarado, of Mullica Township; Patrick Daly, 17, of Egg Harbor City; and junior Jerry Geese, 17, of Buena, took second place in the national SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City, Mo., recently, said adviser and teacher Melissa Hannan.

They designed and built a plant to desalinate ocean water, and provide electricity and dietary salt using geothermal power.

Fogel nominated

Joel Fogel, of Somers Point, is nominated for a 2013 Ocean Hero Award from the international conservation group Oceana, said the group's spokeswoman, Sarah Williamson.

Fogel, a longtime explorer and environmental advocate, is chairman of environmental science for The Explorers Club, Philadelphia chapter; president of Waterwatch International, a group he started; and chairman of Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation.

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