We at The Barclays tournament office are sure that all the 2010 volunteers reading this can only smile when they hear the name Katelyn DiCristofano. We were lucky enough to catch up with the fantastic 2010 Volunteer Coordinator to find out what she has been up to since The Barclays. We hope you enjoy.
So Katelyn, where are you now??
I am now the Player Relations Assistant down at the PGA TOUR Headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. I work mainly with the PGA TOUR Wives Association helping them to plan charitable events (like last years Green Carpet Affair) as well as smaller volunteer projects. There is at least one event or volunteer project at every tournament, and with 41 tournaments we stay pretty busy! I also help out with different aspects of the PGA TOUR Player Involvement Program.
Wow Florida! I'll bet you're not missing the Northeast weather??
After being down here - I cannot stand the thought of the cold & snow! It is going to be in the mid-60s today and sometimes that feels chilly so I turn my space heater on at work! I also ran on the beach last weekend because it was so nice out (not rubbing it in at all)!
Did you do anything exciting after the tournament before you moved to Florida??
After the tournament, I slept! I did stay in the northeast for a month and went to the U.S. Open (tennis), Boston, Maine and then made my way back to Illinois. While back home, I saw an ABBA cover band at Blue Chip Casino in Indiana, saw Legally Blonde the Musical, and spent time with friends and family I had not seen in a while!
Wow, sounds like a memorable couple of months. What was your most memorable moment as volunteer coordinator last year??
There were SO MANY memorable moments from The Barclays and to pick just one is very hard!
PRE-TOURNAMENT: The oatmeal raisin cookies from The Ridgewood Country Club - I swear I ate close to 100 cookies over the months I was working there - I was nicknamed the Cookie Monster!
TOURNAMENT: A few would have to be: driving a golf cart (except when it died on me and I had to run to the cart barn to get a new one!), meeting and talking with everyone, hearing all their volunteer stories, family stories, jokes - (pretty much all stories or whenever someone talked to me I was excited) and lastly meeting the Chick-fil-A Cow!
AFTER: (well sorta during): seeing everyone's hard work and dedication all come together to make The Barclays an incredible tournament!
Do you have any advice for the new volunteer coordinator, Bill Hansen??
• Stay organized
• Listening is a big key and try to remember everything that has been said/changed/wanted
• Talk with everyone - you never know what you can learn from them or what they will bring to your life (inspirational I know!)
• Always carry around a pen - no need for paper when you have a hand to write notes on
• Caffeine - I found that coffee works the best
• Have fun - time flies, so even though it is February, the tournament will be here before you know it!
• And last, but certainly not least - SMILE!