On Friday, March 2, the library was temporarily transformed into a mini golf course as the junior class hosted a tournament open to the St. Mary’s community.
With construction paper for greens, book ends and chairs for obstacle courses, and half red solo cups for holes, junior class officers President Joanna Purich, Treasurer Nithin George, and Historian Katie Morgan organized the event that took place from 3 to 5 p.m.
The course began on the first floor, with a practice hole in the lobby, and the first two holes of the 12-hole course wound through the references and periodicals. The remaining, more challenging holes meandered through the second floor stacks and cubicles, and other students doing work. The final clever putt was laid out after teams rode the elevator to the third floor.
Purich explained that the mini golf tournament has become a St. Mary’s tradition that has been passing through class executive boards over the past years since 2008. Purich also organized the event last year.
“We had a lot bigger turnout last year,” explained Purich, who blamed the lower turnout of this year’s attendance to a combination of the rainy weather of the afternoon, the ski trip that had left that day, and many students leaving campus for the weekend. “We lost a few faculty teams this year that also come out,” she said.
Overall, four teams came out and competed in the event with The Wombats, a student team consisting of seniors Anna Davis, Steve Rees, Don Rees, Ariel Webster, and Lauren Nelson coming away with the tournament win and a 25 dollar gift card to Outback Steakhouse. Second and third place winners also received gift cards to Bruster’s Ice Cream and Dunkin’ Donuts.
“Also, we owe a big thanks to the library staff members who were a huge help in organizing the event, too. They really did a lot for us.” said Purich. Hoping to bring back its popularity of past years, Purich explained that they will possibly host the event again next year.