“Putt-Putt” Golf Encourages Student Engagement

At Georgia Northwestern Technical College

ROCK SPRING, Georgia (WDEF) – All of us are trying our best to work through COVID-19.  Navigating through something we’ve never experienced before.  A global pandemic.

Many people and organizations are trying different things, as we attempt a “return to normalcy.”

For one college system in North Georgia, it’s a matter of “hitting the links!”

It’s the Georgia Northwestern Technical College.  The Rock Spring campus.  A pretty basic look from the outside.

But on THIS day, as you walk in the door, you see something pretty unique.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, grab your flat-stick. We’re playing putt-putt!

CASIE CAVIN, MEDIA MARKETING SPECIALIST;
“Not up to Phil Mickelson standards.  I have some work to do on that, but I try.  This is a fun event.  To engage the students and get some participation.  It’s just fun for student life.”

And that’s the rhyme to the reason.  Student engagement at this point in time.

Intramural competition was on hold on the GNTC campuses since the pandemic began.

This is the first such activity in well over year.  And why not miniature golf?

TRISH WIGGINS, DIRECTOR OF STUDENT ENGAGEMENT;
“We decided we wanted to try some things that are less athletically focused.  We WILL have those types of events, such as softball and kickball.  But we’ll also have other things, such as a Mario Card Tournament.  That way THOSE students can be engaged in THOSE types of events.”

DAVE STALEY, NEWS 12 NOW;
“The first documented miniature golf tournament actually took place in our area.  Up on Lookout Mountain. Back in 1930.  The total purse was 10-thousand dollars.  First place? 2-thousand dollars.  For this little event, first place?  A 25 dollar gift card!!”

And a free t-shirt, I should add.  Bottom line: an activity such as this works perfectly for a learning institute such as GNTC.  Encouraging everybody to take part.  To get back in “the swing of things.”

TRISH WIGGINS, DIRECTOR OF STUDENT ENGAGEMENT;
“We try and plan things that aren’t as much a time consuming thing.  They can come and engage and have a good time.  They can do it on their own time frame.  It’s not a long commitment. Because a lot of our students simply don’t have time for those kind of things.”

(…NAT POP…….”It’s just a fun thing for everybody to do!……….)

The college plans on holding a different sort of activity every month.  At all seven GNTC locations.

And just in case you’re wondering, everybody had five putts, to get the golf ball in the scoring areas!

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