While most law school students are dreaming of spending their summer relaxing by the pool or working on lining up a job for after they graduate, Luke Bielawski will be playing golf – a LOT of golf. The 24 year old law student from Indiana will be “driving” his way across America (see what I did there?).
Biewlaski will be playing for 110 days across nine states, quite literally playing across the entire country. He will start on the beaches of sunny California and will be aiming east until he reaches South Carolina, where he plans on hitting his final shot into the ocean. That final shot will be the last of what the 6-handicapper estimates will be around 48,000 swings. The fact that he will be playing the ball exactly as it lies is precisely why he is bringing around 60 – 70 “beater” clubs with him. He doesn’t know if he’ll have to play from a sidewalk, car roof or a pasture while he plows through an estimated 3,000 golf balls.
He isn’t doing this just to get his 15 minutes of fame, though. There is actually a philanthropic basis to this endeavor. “I was just searching for a way to have a positive impact on the lives of young people,” Bielawski said. “And one day last October, I was sitting in my basement watching Forrest Gump, and it just hit. Why not golf across America?” The positive impact he discussed was the fact that the entire point of this project is to raise money for Providence Cristo Rey High School. He hopes to raise $100,000 that can be used for scholarships to provide students with the kind of education they would otherwise not be able to receive.
He’s planning on starting in California and sticking to the southern part of the country (depending upon how bad his hook is, of course) until he gets to Charleston, South Carolina on August 17th. He intends to drive a donated tractor from shot to shot will mainly sticking to back roads whenever possible. As far as sleep, Bielawski will grab shuteye in church parking lots in the RV his brother will be following him in.
If you’d like to follow Biewlaski’s cross-country odyssey you can visit his website at https://www.getonthegreen.org/.