Wyndham Championship Tournament Committee
The Wyndham Championship tournament committee is a group of nearly year-round volunteers that is led by the tournament’s general chairman, the tournament’s lead volunteer. Each of these talented tournament leaders works directly with the tournament’s professional staff to lead the volunteers in each area of tournament operations.
People who serve on the tournament committee have many years of experience volunteering at the Wyndham Championship and have often worked in multiple areas of the tournament. When a volunteer is selected as the general chairman, it is an honor indicative of that person having extensive knowledge of all areas of tournament operations and the ability to step into any situation and assist as needed. The general chairman works directly with the tournament director, and often times, returns to the tournament committee after serving as general chairman. Membership on the tournament committee is by invitation.
Seventeen people make up the all-volunteer tournament committee; members of the 2016 committee are below with the areas of tournament operations they represent:
2016 General Chairman: Will Yearns
Food & Beverage: Steve Melton
Player Services: Mark Ingram (2014 General Chairman)
Operations: Michael Brubaker & Erin Winters (2013 General Chairman)
First Impressions: Marc Bush
Parking: Sam Ayers
Pro-Ams: Thomas Hockman
Security: Mike Ebel
Tear Down: Phil Cathcart
Sponsor Services: Will McPherson & Tomeisha Dean
Tournament Liaison: Mike Barber (2012 General Chairman)
Past General Chairman: Carolyn Walters
Member at Large: Randy Williard
Member at Large: Mason McLean
Member at Large: Mark Messick
Member at Large: Lindley Ivey (2010 General Chairman)
Wyndham Championship Tournament Committee
Front Row, left-to-right: Will McPherson, Mike Ebel, Will Yearns, Mark Ingram, Mason McLean
Back Row, left-to-right: Marc Bush, Michael Brubaker, Lindley Ivey, Mike Barber, Sam Ayers, Tomeisha Dean, Mark Messick, Carolyn Walters, Phil Cathcart, Steve Melton, Jim Ahrends
Wyndham Championship Tournament Committee Assistant Program:
Members of the Wyndham Championship tournament committee assistant program work in a support role for the tournament. These people, who have been recommended by tournament committee members, desire a broader understanding of tournament operations and may wish to be considered for a tournament committee position at some point in the future.
First Impressions: Stephanie Freeman
Food & Beverage: Jim Ahrends
Sponsor Services: Jim Turner
Player Services: Chuck Millisor
Pro-Ams: Judy Harrelson
When you become a volunteer for the Wyndham Championship, you have many choices of where to spend your time. Our volunteers do everything from driving golf carts to distributing food and drinks to cleaning golf balls. Explore the committees below to find the role that interests you.
The Volunteer Cart Committee is responsible for the fleet of Volunteer golf carts. Cart Volunteers will assign carts and drive Volunteers to their assigned locations around the course. Most importantly, Volunteers working this area should be aware of cart etiquette. Valid Driver’s License is required.
Volunteers that cannot work outside and need to be assigned to the Volunteer tent can find the perfect fit as a member of Kellie’s Krew. Jobs range from checking Volunteers into their assigned areas to answering phones and greeting Volunteers as they enter the Volunteer tent. Flexibility to handle various jobs required.
Marshals are stationed throughout the course to enforce crowd control and proper golf etiquette among spectators. Marshals allow for safe and easy access from hole to hole, and signal the gallery for quiet as players address their balls. This includes reminder announcements about silencing mobile devices. Golf knowledge and etiquette are beneficial.
Registration Tip: Most holes are sponsored by a group. If you are not part of a group and you want to serve as a Gallery Marshal, please select a Gallery Marshal hole that reads “OPEN TO INDIVIDUALS.”
*Note: You will need a code to register on the Mobile Device Task Force. This is due to the fact of the group’s high retention rate from year to year. If you are interested in more information, or would like to be placed on an alternate list, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of this committee are assigned to various player groups throughout the golf course and are tasked with enforcing the PGA TOUR’s new Mobile Device policy. The policy allows for spectators to carry mobile devices but also requires them to be silenced. It also restricts video from being taken at any time, limits devices to be used as cameras only Monday-Wednesday and requires phones to be used only in dedicated Cell Phone zones. Golf knowledge and etiquette are mandatory.
This area is primarily responsible with the general setup and maintenance of the tournament. It includes coordination with vendors to set up scoreboards, televisions, golf carts, hospitality structures, signs, fencing and various other items. Manual labor is a primary function of this position, and can include lifting of heavy boxes, shoveling mulch, installing televisions, driving stakes in the ground, and more.
Volunteers are asked to staff the range throughout the week to clean and sort the various brands of golf balls, as well as continually update the nameplates behind the pros.
ShotLink Laser Operator
The ShotLink System is a revolutionary platform for collecting and disseminating scoring and statistical data on every shot by every player in real-time. The vision of the system is to “Turn data into information, information into knowledge, and knowledge into entertainment.” Laser Operators are stationed along the fairway or on raised platforms near the green with a trigger-controlled laser to measure the distance of each shot or putt. They are responsible for relaying information to the ShotLink scoring trailer. Training is required, and is provided by PGA TOUR staff. Volunteer must have general knowledge of golf.
*Registration Tip: Most holes are sponsored by a group. If you are not part of a group and you want to serve as a ShotLink Laser Operator, select a ShotLink hole that reads “OPEN TO INDIVIDUALS.”
This position will assist handicapped spectators and those in need of extra attention. Volunteers will greet those spectators as they exit the handicap shuttle and provide information and maps as to viewing areas throughout the golf course that are set up just for handicapped individuals. Shuttles to different areas of the course may be available as well so volunteers would be asked to drive these individuals to certain points on the golf course and assist them onto/off the viewing areas.
*Note: If you are interested for more information, please e-mail Committee Chair Fred Newman at email@example.com
Volunteers are needed to service the hospitality skyboxes and luxury suites in several areas of the golf course. You will work with the catering staff, bartenders, cleaning/trash crews and others to ensure each area is properly stocked and cleaned. Duties include greeting corporate sponsors, stocking of ice/cups/napkins/drinks, basic cleanup of the areas, and coordination with the sponsor contacts to meet their needs.
Standard bearers walk the entire 18 holes with a walking scorer carrying a 5 lb. standard sign with players’ names. Standard bearers are responsible for posting each player’s score in relation to par as a way to keep the gallery informed. Volunteers must be capable of walking 18 holes with the standard sign. Knowledge of golf, scoring and etiquette is beneficial.
Tee Box Drink Distribution
This job includes restocking drinks to the tee box coolers several times per day by golf cart as well as assisting in inventory control and cooling drinks prior to use on course. Some light lifting is required. This job offers a great way to watch golf all over the course while volunteering.
Volunteers are asked to work the bus loading/unloading area at the tournament’s main entrance, greeting spectators as they arrive and helping spectators load onto the correct bus for their corresponding lots upon departure.
The Volunteer Clothing committee is focused on supplying all Wyndham Championship Volunteers with their uniform package–this includes shirts, hats, credentials & tickets, string bags and any other items that are provided by our sponsor. The majority of this area’s work is done before the tournament. Major duties include clothing package assembly, clothing distribution (takes place during training sessions for the various Volunteer groups, as well as several makeup dates) and coordination of clothing packages to be mailed out. Also, there is a need for Volunteers during the week of the tournament from Monday through Friday. For this committee, it is essential that you are Volunteer-friendly and accommodating.
This position involves sorting, packaging, and delivering the snacks, drinks, and lunches to volunteers throughout the course. The ability to be outdoors, drive or ride along in a golf cart, and light walking are a must. To maintain consistency during the tournament we are requesting a three-day minimum, but it is not required.
The job of a walking scorer is to walk with a group and keep their score and specific statistics. You will be assigned to a group in the Wednesday Pro-Am and the tournament. It is important that walking scorers have an understanding of the game of golf. You will be issued equipment which includes a data radio and battery in a fanny pack, and use a Palm hand held device to enter the scores and statistical information for each hole. You will also have a voice radio that enables you to be in constant communication with the ShotLink staff. At the completion of 18 holes, the walking scorer will accompany his/her group to the scoring tent, and if asked, read back the scores to the players in groups of three. The walking scorers should then proceed to the volunteer area to return their equipment.
There is a mandatory instructional session the weekend before Tournament. On-site support will be provided by PGA TOUR staff.
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*Note: You will need a code to register on the Walking Scorer committee. This is due to the fact of the group’s high retention rate from year to year. If you are interested in more information, or want to be placed on an alternate list, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.