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After speaking with Jim Belisle from Shipyard about the event, and knowing him for a number of years, I am certain that this is the first of many “Manchester Mini-Masters” that the Queen City will be hosting. All in all, it was a great day for a great cause, put on by great people.
2018 Manchester Mini-Masters
by Gregg Ford
I have mentioned before that my favorite thing about golf is the charitable nature of the game and those who play it. I participate in multiple charity tournaments each summer, and it is always an honor to be able to help others in this way. Recently, I had the opportunity to play in a different type of fundraiser tournament, the 2018 Manchester Mini-Masters! This event was a mini-golf pub crawl put together by Shipyard Brewing Co. and Ice Pik Vodka to raise money for the Manchester Animal Shelter.
Nine different restaurants took part in hosting the event, with each business to design and construct their own unique mini-golf hole. The Wild Rover, The Pint, The Farm, Shaskeen, Strange Brew, Portland Pie Co., Bonfire, The Thirsty Moose, and Murphy’s Taproom would comprise the course for the day. The mini-golf holes varied as much as their respective homes, ranging from the small and simple designs at Murphy’s and The Farm, to complicated contraptions at Shaskeen and Bonfire, to fun, easy-to-play holes at The Wild Rover, The Pint, and Thirsty Moose. In the end, Portland Pie Co. won the vote for best design, although that could be debated with the Wild Rover finishing a close second.
Michael Martineau getting an ace on the hardest hole on the course at the Shaskeen
We happened to be at the Shaskeen when a group of guys from WMNH 95.3 FM were making the turn. Peter and the Moose do the morning show on weekdays from 7am-9am, and they had a couple friends with them. As I was taking a picture of what may have been the most difficult hole on the course, one man from their group stepped up to tee off. Michael Martineau struck his shot pure as it ran up the ramp, somehow avoided the small walls jutting out and went into the tube…coming out of the other end and rolling straight into the cup! Mike later informed me that this was one of three aces he had during the day, not too shabby! If you happen to see him working at a N.H. Fishercats game this summer, give him a tip of the cap, he deserves it! In fact, everyone who took part should be commended for their efforts, the players, the hosting restaurants, and especially those who donated their time to build the mini-golf course!