Despite the icy conditions golfers of all ages were out in full force at Ohio University Libraries 2nd Annual Alden Open on January 21, 2012. Over 180 people enjoyed the twists and turns of the indoor mini golf courses on Saturday morning.
Floors three through five of Alden were packed with students, fathers and families putting their way through the stacks. The two separate 9-hole courses provided a fun way for people to peruse the library as typical library materials became obstacles in the putting range. One hole in particular, winding through the government documents on the fifth floor provided a challenge as the balls hopped off the floor and into the shelves or escaped under tables and chairs.
Participants had to put between the legs of a stuffed puppet of Benjamin Franklin and up a ramp at one hole and through a gaggle of globes at another.
“Playing it as it lies” became an entertaining challenge for multiple groups forcing them to get creative with their techniques.
“On my second number 8 hole, I had to go through a lighthouse, but I couldn’t so I jumped [the barrier] and got it closer to the flag,” said 9-year-old Garey Escobedo excitedly as he and his little brother, Ford (3), enjoyed some of the free cookies and refreshments at the event.
Garey and Ford’s mother, Beth Quitslund, an associate professor of English at OHIO, had heard about the event through an email sent by Ford’s pre-school suggesting it as a fun family activity. “We had a very good time,” affirmed Quitslund.
The young ones weren’t the only ones enjoying themselves.
“We’ve had a lot of positive comments from the dads,” said Annette Talbert, assistant to the director of development, who helped coordinate the event for Dad’s Weekend at the University.
Paul and PJ Pepa, a father/son duo agreed. Paul had flown from New Jersey to spend Dad’s weekend with his son PJ, a sophomore at OHIO.
“We had a great time, especially because I won,” said the older Pepa, taking a jab at his son.
The event was a success racking in over $1400 in funds to support the Student Research Expo. For their contributions students received free food and beverages as well as a few goodies from event sponsors like the Legend Group and The Summit at Coates Run. A few lucky golfers were also the recipients of tickets to see Saturday Night Live Comedian Seth Meyers on campus.
A great time was had by all and because of all of the positive feedback; Ohio University Libraries is already looking forward to the next Annual Alden Open.
Top Right:Steve Satava (Center) watches his daughter Angela Satava, a sophomore in Exercise Physiology putt during Alden Library’s second annual mini golf outing on Saturday afternoon. Center right is Jason Satava, a junior in computer engineering. (Photo by Patrick Traylor) © 2012 Ohio University Libraries
Left: Andrew Escobedo and Beth Quitslund watch as Ford Escobedo, 3, makes a putt during Alden Library’s second annual mini golf outing on Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Patrick Traylor) © 2012 Ohio University Libraries