Mini Golf Tournament Raises Money for Kids of Courage
Clad in neon green t-shirts and lugging along plastic miniature golf club sets, 72 Yeshiva University students took to Tenzer Garden on the Wilf Campus for the first-ever YU Mini-Open. The October 21 event, sponsored by University Housing & Residence Life, Athletics and the Yeshiva Student Union (YSU), raised money for Kids of Courage, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and young adults with serious medical diagnoses.
“We were thinking of creative ways to utilize the campus,” said Sean Hirschhorn, assistant director of university housing, who came up with the idea, along with Jonathan Mantell, director of university housing. “We both love golf and thought this would be something the students would really enjoy. It’s a little fun, a little absurd and all for a good cause.”
Students battled blustery winds and a makeshift 18-hole obstacle-filled course in groups of four as they vied for the grand prize—an iPad and a highly coveted green jacket.
“I saw holes move which doesn’t usually happen in golf,” said Hillel Cooperman, a business major at Sy Syms School of Business. He was disappointed with his 25-over par effort but happy to participate. “It’s not about winning—this was a great event for a great cause.”
Jake Friedman, a Yeshiva College philosophy major, noted that “Tenzer Garden is the most difficult course on the circuit.”
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After all the scorecards were tallied, President Richard M. Joel presented Elie Baratz, who shot a three-over par 48, with the green jacket and iPad.
President Joel pointed out that the Hebrew word moach [brain] has the numerical value of 48 and that “you have to use your head to be able to win this.”
“It feels awesome winning this,” said Baratz, an accounting major at Syms. “To be honest, I had somewhat of an advantage because I actually have these same clubs in my dorm room. I guess all that practice paid off.”