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Take a Break: 18 in America

Updated: Monday, December 2 2013, 03:58 PM EST
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - His dream was to play golf in all of the lower 48 states in just 10 months.

Somehow, Dylan Dethier did it.

He was just 17 at the time, and his dream to hit the links from sea to shining sea was at first alarming to his mom.  Nancy Nylen says that after she realized how important it was to her son, she gave him her blessing.

His experiences were many, but among the most interesting was what seemed like a sure-bet with who appeared to be a hack on a golf course near Las Vegas.  The hack was a hustler who taught Dylan one of many lessons.

All of his lessons and related experiences were of interest to publishers, who sought Dylan out when he returned home.  He is now the proud author of "18 in America", a story about a young man coming of age, and an exploration of a game often considered elitist.

Dylan discovered golf was anything but elitist, and was a game of hope in areas that seemed to need it most.

"The saddest places i saw in America are places that lost hope, but on golf courses there was this sense that the next shot, next round, next day, things could suddenly get better."

"Golf really seemed to bring that to people where it was missing from the rest of their lives."

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Take a Break: 18 in America

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