Since 1934, The Masters golf tournament has been played in Augusta, Georgia in early April. From April 6-8, 2016, though, the employees of Culligan Lubbock got a taste of golf history on the south plains, with their own miniature golf tournament. With a few parallels to the real event, the Culligan Masters Tournament was one for the ages.
Employees made their way through the Culligan office to play 9 holes of mini golf. Full bags of clubs were reduced to only putters. Holes were instead circles of tape on the ground. There were no 575-yard par 5s, no large crowds, and the only cameras on hand were cell phones. Aside from that though, this felt like the real deal. Despair was felt at missed putts for par, and celebrations echoed through the office at holes-in-one.
Starting with Hole 1 at the front door, golfers were able to wrap their ways around our carpeted course which played the part of a very fast green for every hole. Golf balls rolled through halls and around desks in search of their destinations. The official leaderboard was updated throughout the week until the final round was played on Friday.
The week ended with closing ceremonies and a trophy presentation. In true Masters fashion we had a blue jacket on hand, in place of the famous green jacket of Augusta. Bobby Sanders, commercial sales representative and avid golfer, took home the championship and jacket. Prizes were also given for the next 4 best scores, to Culligan team members Jesse Perez, Aaron Keller, Robert Chumley, and owner Joel Tardy, who beat out Eddie Bela in a one-hole playoff for fifth place. Lacey Perkins also received a trophy of sorts for having the highest score of the week.
The tournament was a family affair, as office visitors took in the course for a round. This included our founder Dale Tardy playing through alongside his son Joel. Players of all ages found the course to be both challenging and entertaining.
The Culligan Masters Tournament added up to a successful week of golf at work. Based on the response to the tournament, we hope to host more events like this in the future. Bobby is already excited to hand down the blue jacket just like the heroes of Augusta year after year.