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Virginia Tech students build ‘Quaran-Greens Classic’ golf course in home

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia Tech rising senior Jack Whitehead — along with his roommates Allen Hutchinson and Justin Eubanks — has been stuck in the house due to the coronavirus outbreak, but the trio is making the most of their situation.

“When the Masters got postponed we knew something had to be done. So it’s me, my two roommates, and we’re sitting there in our apartment in quarantine. So bored college kids plus a carpeted floor equals a putt-putt course,” says Whitehead.

The trio named the course the “Quaran-Greens Classic,” which includes trees, commentators, and music. The trio, who serve as the players in the household game, say it’s all to spread some happiness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We were all affected differently by this. I know I’m pretty lucky I was able to just stay in my apartment in Blacksburg near Virginia Tech. But a lot of kids had to go home. That means I’m still able to be around my friends that I did this with. If we can lighten the mood at all, that was our goal,” explains Whitehead.

However, for Whitehead, building the course takes on a deeper meaning.

“I just love watching golf. My family and I have been to the Masters. I always watch it with my dad and since I got to college me and my roommates love watching it. So you know we had to get some sort of substitute,” states Whitehead.

Although he misses being outside playing on a real golf course, Whitehead says he’ll never take that experience for granted ever again.

“I would hang out with three or four people in February and not realize that would be the largest gathering that I’d be able to have in two months. So definitely when all this is over smaller events I’ll try not to take for granted for sure.”

For now, Whitehead and his roommates will continue to drive and putt from the living room.

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