Main Street Masters offers opportunity for putting around the square

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


People on the square Friday afternoon will get the chance to see participants in the first Main Street Masters charity putt putt golf tournament try to sink a hole-in-one without ever leaving downtown Washington.

Main Street Washington director Sarah Grunewaldt said Main Street will be setting up 20 holes around the square for golfers to shoot for. From 5 to 8 p.m. people can play in the putt putt tournament. Grunewaldt invites anyone interested to bring a putter and a golf ball to the square to register in Central Park or at any participating business. She said the course will be a par 2.

?You are only putting, so don?t bring your chip or an iron, just bring a putter,? she said. ?Businesses from all over downtown as well as right outside of downtown will participate.?

Putt putt golf, also known as miniature golf, is an offshoot of the sport of golf focusing solely on the putting aspect of its parent game. It is played on courses consisting of a series of holes similar to its parent, but characterized by their short length (usually within 10 yards from tee to cup), the use of artificial putting surfaces such as carpet, astroturf and/or concrete, a geometric layout often requiring nontraditional putting lines such as bank shots, and artificial obstacles such as tunnels/tubes, ramps, concrete/metal/fiberglass forms, and moving obstacles such as windmills. When miniature golf retains many of these characteristics but without the use of any props or obstacles, it is purely a mini version of its parent game.

Grunewaldt said that people signing up will get a golf card. People 8 years old and under play free if they are with a parent.

She said people will be asked to put their name on the card and turn it in at the end of the game for a chance to win door prizes.

Proceeds from the event will go to Main Street.