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The first annual Alden Open will transform the Athens campus library into a fully functional 18-hole miniature golf course.

Photo courtesy of: Library Mini Golf


While fundraising is often an aim of Library Mini Golf tournaments, such as the one pictured here, the tournaments also serve to showcase the facilities. 

Photo courtesy of: Library Mini Golf

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First annual Alden Open mini golf tournament coming April 15

What better way to roll in spring quarter than a round of putt-putt in the stacks?  
The first annual Alden Open will take place Friday, April 15, from 6-10 p.m. in Ohio University’s Alden Library. Hosted by golfing enthusiast and library namesake Vernon Alden, the event will transform the Athens campus library into a fully functional 18-hole miniature golf course.

Students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members are invited to participate in teams of five or as individuals. The $10 entry fee ($50 per team) includes 18 holes of golf, and the opportunity to win prizes from local businesses.
All proceeds will be used to support student research and the Friends of the Libraries scholarship fund. (Not to mention the brownie points earned with parents for spending Friday night in the library.)

"You don't see a lot of University organizations putting on something like this… It's a really good way to use the resource in a way that hasn't been done before. Usually, when students are at the library, they are not having that much fun," said senior journalism and public relations major Meghan Tinker, who is helping to promote the event and solicit sponsorships as a member of the University's student-run public relations firm, ImPRessions.

The Alden Open is a registered event with Library Mini Golf* (LMG), which facilitates miniature golf tournaments at libraries across the Midwest and Northeast United States. According to Library Mini Golf Managing Member John R. Gulick, libraries have raised more than $300,000 overall through approximately 35 LMG events, with some events earning more than$15,000.

While fundraising is often an aim, Gulick said the tournaments also serve to showcase the facilities.  

"(Our patrons) use the Library Mini Golf events as community events to attract people to their library, show them what is inside, what services they offer, just how wonderful their libraries are. The LMG course takes them on a tour of the library," he said.

In addition to the marketing support from ImPRessions, the Alden Open is also receiving support through Ohio University's Women's Panhellenic Association and the Interfraternity Council.

"The students have been great. They liked the idea and thought that we could get pretty good participation and have been very excited in helping to formulate the plan," said Director of Development for University Libraries Doug Partusch. "I think this is the kind of event that will grow in popularity as we move forward."

To register for the Alden Open, click here.

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Library Mini Golf* OHIO Libraries Alden Open Registration

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