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    • Greater Hickory Classic Names 2007 Volunteer of the year

    CONOVER, NC - The Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn Presented by Kia Motors named five-time volunteer Pat Rice of Conover its 2007 Volunteer of the Year during an awards ceremony last week at Rock Barn Golf & Spa.  Rice, who has served as a volunteer for the tournament's Transportation Committee since 2003, was presented with a crystal trophy in recognition of her efforts. 

    Other nominees for the award, also recognized during last week's event, include the following:

    Mitch Atkinson of Granite Falls (Hole #3 Marshal since 2003)
    Larry Isenhour of Hickory (On-Course Committees, Walking Scorer since 2003)
    Tom Johnston of Catawba (Support Committees)

    All nominees have been inducted into the tournament's Volunteer Hall of Fame, which recognizes volunteers who have made exceptional efforts over the history of the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn Presented by Kia Motors.  A complete list of Hall of Fame inductees follows at the end of this release.

    "When 2007 volunteer applications were available, Pat was one of the first to re-up for another turn with Transportation where we have grown dependent on her good humor and eternally positive attitude," said tournament Vice Chairman Ronnie Hampton.  "She worked her regular shifts in the office, but the highlight of the week was the day she escorted the players' wives (and a few players) to The Corner Table for their community service project.   It was her enthusiastic conversation, her genuine commitment to the mission of The Corner Table, and her motivating example of selflessness that generated an excitement for the visit, and the wives' desire to continue with the same community service activity next year.

    "She exemplifies the heart and spirit of volunteering just because it's the right thing to do; not because it will garner glory for her, but because her efforts will energize a good cause, whether it's her church, her community, her family or the Greater Hickory Classic."
     
    As the tournament's top volunteer, Rice also becomes a nominee for the PGA TOUR's Champions Tour Volunteer of the Year award selected at the conclusion of the 2007 season.

    "I was very humbled, shocked and honored when they named me Volunteer of the Year," said Rice.  "Considering the thousands of people who work the tournament, every single person is invaluable.  I'm just always in awe of the people I work with."

    "We have been very fortunate to work with someone like Pat all these years," said Jim Correll, executive tournament director.  "She is inspiring and generous, and we are proud to have her as a key part of our volunteer team."

    In honor of volunteer chairmen who go above and beyond the call of duty, the tournament has also added to its Chairman Hall of Fame. The newest Chairman Hall of Fame inductees, also recognized during last week's event, include the following:

    Marlene Cruise of Conover (Player Registration Committee; volunteer in 2003, chairman since 2004)
    Richard Dickey of Hickory (Front Nine Marshals, Hole #9 chairman since 2003)
    Keith Garland of Conover (Caddy Support Committee chairman since 2003)
    Bob & Nancy Meek of Hickory (Back Nine Marshals, Hole #1; volunteers in 2004, co-chairs since 2005)
    Tom Neff of Claremont (Television Committee, chairman since 2003)

     

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