German Village Gazette

Presidents Cup

Numerous volunteers a must for tournament

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About 1,300 volunteers will help out when the Presidents Cup comes to Muirfield Village Golf Club in October.

More than 1,000 volunteers already have been recruited for jobs in admissions, information and other areas, said volunteer coordinator Angie Fallon.

"In total, we need probably about 1,300 or so. We're just over 1,100 right now," she said. "We're still in need of a couple (hundred). One of the requirements is volunteers work three shifts, or 24 hours, during the Presidents Cup."

In addition to working three eight-hour volunteer shifts, volunteers must pay $100.

In return, volunteers will get two week-long badges to the Presidents Cup, an official jacket, shirt and cap, meal vouchers for volunteer shifts, a volunteer parking pass and a ticket to the volunteer appreciation party.

"The opportunity is very different from the Memorial Tournament," Fallon said. "Different things are involved in this package than what comes with the Memorial Tournament. For $100, you get a $500 package."

The Presidents Cup is a charity event in which the winners do not take home a purse. The money raised goes to charities, and so far, the event has donated $27 million to charities around the world.

The $100 volunteers pay is used to offset the cost of uniforms, Fallon said, so more can be given to the charities.

Volunteers will perform jobs throughout the Presidents Cup, including before and after the event.

"They are doing everything," Fallon said. "Merchandising is going to be huge ... There's a fan experience village open to ticketed and non-ticketed patrons with a bar (and) big-screen TVs. It's the way that people will funnel in. People who don't have tickets can come there and feel like they're part of the event. That's merchandising. We also have people in admissions ... The marshals on the course are all volunteers and (so are) the people running the information booth (and) corporate hospitality."

Some areas, such as those connected with player shuttles, laser operations, leaderboards, marshals and the mobile device task force, have enough volunteers and are closed, but other opportunities in corporate hospitality, merchandising, information, will call and disabled guest services are still open.

Training will be required for all jobs, even if participants have experience volunteering at the Memorial Tournament.

"It's a whole different ball game here," Fallon said. "They do need to go through training sessions."

Volunteers who cannot work 24 hours still can help out through the Nationwide Children's Hospital Concessions Volunteer Program.

Fallon said Children's Hospital is one of the charities the Presidents Cup is benefiting. Volunteers can work at concession booths to help raise money.

"The tour partners with concessions and they use volunteers for the concession stands," she said. "Nationwide is finding volunteers to staff concessions. They get a percentage of proceeds. If we have people who cannot staff three shifts, we direct them there."

There is no registration fee to work at the concession stand, but a minimum of one seven-hour shift is required.

For more information or to register to volunteer at the Presidents Cup, visit volunteer.presidentscup.com.

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