Record Turnout Anticipated for Putt-Putt Challenge


Marengo will hold its 5th Annual Putt- Putt Challenge from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, in the downtown area. With the Gus Macker Basketball Tournament being held on the same day, organizers of the Putt-Putt Challenge said they anticipate it to be the largest turnout yet.

“This is going to be our biggest Putt-Putt Challenge ever because of the additional people in town for the Gus Macker Tournament,” said Lucia Matlock, executive director of Marengo Main Street, Inc. “We will have drawings for prizes and all participants can vote for their favorite Putt-Putt hole.”

Though this year’s Putt-Putt Challenge is planned to include a full, 18-hole course, there may be a few more holes added later in the month.

Last year, a Marshmallow Drive was added to the event, Matlock said.

“The drive was such a hit [that] we will be doing it again this year,” she said. “We have also extended the event to 6 p.m. to accommodate more players. The Putt-Putt Challenge is great family fun. It is only $2 per person to play all day; and it is always fun to get out and enjoy a round of mini golf with friends and family.”

Rocco Gailloreto, owner of Flatlander Market in Marengo who originated Marengo’s Putt-Putt Challenge, and member of the Marengo Main Street, Inc. Promotions Committee, said he wanted to start another summer event in Marengo five years ago because he loved Marengo Settler’s Days.

“I started brainstorming with local folks and friends, and we decided that turning the downtown into the ‘World’s Largest Mini-Golf Course’ was something no one else had done before,” Gailloreto said. “The challenge was not just for those who play the course, but for those who helped create the course by designing one of the holes.”

The Putt-Putt Challenge has grown over the years, with Marengo Main Street bringing more organizations and promotions to the event, he said. Marengo Main Street changed the date for the Putt-Putt Challenge, so that it would take place on the same weekend as the Gus Macker Tournament, Matlock said.

“It is a great way for us to bring Gus Macker participants and their families downtown while they are in town,” said Matlock. “In fact, we will be providing bus transportation to and from the tournament throughout the day.”

Gailloreto said he is also excited to have the Gus Macker Tournament held on the same weekend as the Putt-Putt Challenge.

“We can showcase our downtown to all the visitors that are here for the basketball event and show them that we know how to have fun,” he said. “We will be doing a great deal of special things that weekend at our business, as I’m sure all downtown businesses will be doing.

Gailloreto said they would, “welcome any door prize donations and are always on the lookout for donations of used putters and buckets of golf balls to hand out.”

For more information, or to volunteer for the Putt-Putt Challenge, please call the Marengo Main Street office at 815-568-8440.