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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., May 20, 2013—Scribner has published a memoir by Dylan Dethier, a 21-year-old Williamstown native and rising Williams College senior.
In 18 in America: A Young Golfer’s Epic Journey to Find the Essence of the Game, Dethier writes about his year between high school and college, which he spent driving across the county to play at least one round of golf in each of the 48 contiguous states. He put 35,000 miles on an already-aging Subaru (which doubled most nights as his motel room), showered at truck stops, and slept with a hatchet under the driver’s seat.
While Dethier has much to say about a young golfer’s experience with the game itself, his book is more a coming-of-age tale that provides fresh views of America’s landscape and people. He played Pebble Beach and rubbed elbows with Phil Mickelson but spent most of his time on public courses with war veterans, autoworkers, and livestock auctioneers.
At Williams, Dethier majors in English and writes for various publications.
Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts. The college’s 2,000 students are taught by a faculty noted for the quality of their teaching and research, and the achievement of academic goals includes active participation of students with faculty in their research. Students’ educational experience is enriched by the residential campus environment in Williamstown, Mass., which provides a host of opportunities for interaction with one another and with faculty beyond the classroom. Admission decisions on U.S. applicants are made regardless of a student’s financial ability, and the college provides grants and other assistance to meet the demonstrated needs of all who are admitted.