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Mantor lounge is up to par
Lacey McPhillips
JMC 215
Lacey Mcphillips
Photo by Lacey McPhillips
Students were given a chance to test their mini-golfing skills in Mantor student lounge April 8-12. A student made golf course proved so successful, the Mantor staff decided to keep it up for an extra two weeks for students to enjoy.

If you happened to walk through Mantor hall in the past few weeks, you may have noticed something unusual about its lounge – i.e. that it looked like something out of a Happy Gilmore dreamland. 

From April 8 to 12, the Mantor lounge was transformed into a homemade mini-golf course for the second annual Mantor Hall Mini-Golf.


It was such a great success that the Mantor staff decided to leave the course up for another two weeks.  

If anyone asks, I’d say that I am proud to have contributed to this success.


Though, to be honest, my part was rather small. 


Let’s just say I have a newfound respect for mini-golf course architects.  

I am not the most mechanically-minded person, preferring the world of words, but I made a last-minute decision (as in, at 11:30 p.m. on the Thursday night before the course was to be set up) to build a hole.  


Several holes had been constructed with sheets of Styrofoam, and I figured that would be a good bet for me. 


It required no nails or screws or any other dangerous tools that I could hurt myself with.  

Styrofoam turned out to be a bad choice.


  By the end of the first day of golfing, the obstacles on my hole looked pretty sad. 


With a little help from a real carpenter, I spent Sunday afternoon remaking my hole with wood.


  I finally had something to be proud of.


Or at least not completely ashamed of.  

The course had a total of 13 holes.

Mantor gave each hole-maker a $15 budget to create their hole


While they may not have been the most attractive holes in the mini-golf world, they definitely qualify as some of the most innovative. 

Some of the more interesting holes included Hole 8, which was made entirely of recycled materials – plastic bottles, rolled up newspapers and empty pizza boxes. 


Instead of buying supplies, Joe Miller and Justin Waskowiak spent their entire $15 budget on a garden gnome. 

Hole 5 was a bit on the existential side. The obstacles proclaimed themselves, “I am Wall,” “I am Albino Wall” and “I am Water.” 

Hole makers were awarded prizes in the categories of most original/unique, most difficult, best constructed, and overall favorite. 

Hole 13, constructed by Zach Springer and Danny Frauendorfer, won everything except the most difficult award.


Their hole was cut in the shape of two palm trees complete with coconut bumpers, bringing a tropical touch to the course. 

While my personal favorite was Hole 8 with the garden gnome, I can’t begrudge anyone who voted for Hole 13.


It was definitely the most attractive on the course. 

My hole did not receive a single vote in any category, even after I reconstructed it. I was not surprised. 

On Tuesday, April 12, Mantor held a tournament on the course, with prizes awarded to the winners. Josh Brummer won, finishing one under par. 


His success may or may not have had something to do with the fact that he is the Mantor president and spent a large portion of the weekend working (and playing) at the course. 

I quit keeping track of my score when it reached 10 over par after the first two holes. Apparently, my golf skills are about as good as my hole-making skills. 


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