Photo courtesy of Carole Barrett
Ray Barrett celebrate as he walks onto the 18th green in late May at The Fargo Golf & Country Club in North Dakota, where the long-time Rainbow Springs resident accomplished his feat of playing one round of golf in all 50 States.

It was March 1977, and after two days of sunning himself poolside at a Miami-area resort, Ray Barrett wanted in.

He had brushed off overtures from colleagues and his wife’s cousin, Mike, and his friends to learn the nuisances of golf.

“I was playing in three softball leagues and flag football,” said Barrett, who worked as a claims adjuster for Kemper Insurance. “When I’m too old to play real sports, I’ll take you up on it.”