Best Long-Distance Golfer: Fairway to heaven 

Andre Tolme

Par 11,880. Yes, Andre Tolme golfed across Mongolia. Because it was there. And because it's mostly flat, treeless, and uninhabited. It's windy, though, pretty much all the time — but you can't have everything. Shooting his way across the steppe with the help of a local caddie, a GPS receiver, and a compass, the nomadic Berkeley engineer traversed a country twice the size of Texas in ninety days. Of course, due to weather conditions, those ninety days were spread out over several years. Some days he walked a dozen miles or more. By the time he completed his quest in July 2004 — having survived plague-flea-infested marmots and four species of poisonous snake — Tolme had racked up 12,170 shots, lost 509 balls, and walked 1,234 miles. Using dung for tees, he played a respectable game: The 35-mile third hole took him only 344 shots, a shocking 350 under par. He tells the whole story in his book I Golfed Across Mongolia. Don't you dare call this dude a duffer.
(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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