For more information on volunteering at the 2011 Honda Classic and to download or complete an online application, visit the tournament website at www.thehondaclassic.com.
What duties do volunteers have?
Volunteers are assigned to a variety of committees, performing the many tasks required to conduct a PGA TOUR event. A description of each committee will be available for your review prior to your selection of committee choices.
Which days are volunteers needed?
The great majority of volunteer requirements are Wednesday through Sunday of tournament week, but some assistance may be required before and after the tournament. Committee descriptions will include the days each committee operates.
How long can I be expected to work each day? How Many days?
Depending on the committee on which you serve, the average workday is 4 to 6 hours long. Some assignments may require longer days, particularly Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Each volunteer is required to work at least three days, but most choose to work more.
Is there a cost? What do I wear?
Yes, there is a small volunteer fee that covers the cost of your uniform. The tournament will provide a volunteer package that includes a golf shirt, cap and volunteer badge. Volunteers will provide their own khaki bottoms. Volunteers are required to wear the uniform on the days they are working.
When can I sign up?
Volunteer applications will be available in the fall, along with committee descriptions and the volunteer chairperson organization. By submitting your name and address now as someone interested in volunteering, you will receive the necessary information when it is published. You will be able to sign up on our website or by mailing in an application.
Who benefits from the work I do?
Of course the players and spectators greatly appreciate the efforts of our volunteers - it's no secret that the success of the event depends on our volunteer force. An enhanced experience for players, spectators and sponsors ensures our charitable giving increases. The Honda Classic has many charitable partners, though our main benefiting charity is the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation.
WE HOPE YOU WILL BE A MEMBER OF OUR VOLUNTEER TEAM. THE CHILDREN NEED YOU!!!
ADMISSIONS: Ticket sales and credential checking at tournament entrances. Issue proper credentials to members of allied organizations. Tue.-Sun.
CADDIES: Register the professional caddies, maintain the caddie area, and distribute and collect caddie bibs and towels. Sun.-Sun.
CART CONTROL: Maintain and distribute all golf carts used during the tournament, including charging and preparation of carts for the next day. Mon.-Sun.
CHILD CARE: Assist the PGA TOUR staff in providing childcare for the children of the players. Mon.-Sun.
COMMUNICATIONS: Answer incoming telephone calls during tournament week, provide requested information, or direct calls to other areas. Organize and control radios and cellular telephones including check-out, check-in, and charging. Mon.-Sun.
FAN ENHANCEMENTS: Monitor crowds, assist in keeping lines moving at inflatables, rock wall, etc., in the interactive area for fans (both adults and children). Thurs.-Sun.
FINANCE: Assist the tournament staff in receiving all cash generated from the tournament admissions gates. Issue tickets daily to the Admissions Committee. Cash checks for Players and Caddies. Financial background preferred. Mon.-Sun.
HOSPITALITY: Control access to hospitality areas by assuring only those with proper credentials enter, maintain noise control. Assist as hosts for sponsors and guests. Maintain the Hospitality Will Call area. Wed.-Sun.
LOCKER ROOM: Assist the Players in the locker room to help ensure their needs are met. Sun.-Sun.
LEADERBOARD & SCOREBOARD: Post scores of the leaders on the 18th Hole Leaderboard and assist the Scoreboard calligrapher. Thurs.-Sun. Assist with the installation of Electronic Leaderboards Advance Week.
MARSHALS: Provide spectator control from stations along all golf course tee boxes, fairways, crosswalks, and greens. Spot and protect players' balls that are outside the ropes. Maintain quiet during a player's stroke. Prevent unauthorized photography. Escort players from the green to the next tee. Mon.-Sun. Greatest needs are Thurs.-Sun.
PLAYER REGISTRATION: Register the PGA TOUR Professionals, Sun.-Wed. Provide Player/Family assistance by giving information to the families of the professionals to make their stay more enjoyable. Thurs.-Sun.
PRACTICE FACILITIES: Maintain spectator control and assist players at the tournament practice range
and putting green. Sun.-Sun.
PRO-AMS: Greet, register and provide assistance and information to amateur contestants. Assist with amateur golf bags. Assemble and distribute gift packages to amateur contestants. Assist with the verification of handicaps and scoring. Sun.-Wed.
PRODUCT CONTROL & DISTRIBUTION: Receive, control, and distribute supplies for tournament use, including pairing sheets, programs, and on course refreshments for use by the players. Receive and distribute supplies needed by vendors and tournament employees. Mon.-Sun.
SHOTLINK LASERS: Assist at stations (the best seats in the house) on every hole in the fairway and at the green to track the location of each player's ball using a laser sighting device. Easy to follow instructions will be provided. The information collected is used by the PGA TOUR, television, plus local and worldwide media. Thurs.-Sun. plus hands on practice Wed.
SPECTATOR INFORMATION: Staff information booths to answer questions, direct spectators and hospitality patrons, and provide general information. Wed.-Sun.
STANDARD BEARERS: Walk with each group of golfers for the entire round and display their scores in relation to par on a Scoring Standard. This position is a great opportunity for teenagers or parents and children. Wed.-Sun.
TRANSPORTATION: Coordinate the distribution of tournament vehicles to PGA TOUR players and special guests. Maintain master record of all vehicles and the player to whom they were assigned. Pick up players and VIPs from airport. Provide shuttle transportation for volunteers from Volunteer Parking to Volunteer Headquarters. Sat.-Sun. plus before and after.
TOURNAMENT OFFICE: Beginning three weeks prior to the event, support tournament staff by answering phones and performing various office duties. 2/5-3/5
TV LIAISON: Provide on course assistance to the Television Network. Thurs.-Sun.
VOLUNTEER HEADQUARTERS: Maintain volunteer headquarters in the hotel, providing hospitality and information. Mon.-Sun.
UNIFORM DISTRIBUTION: Distribute volunteer uniforms during advance week Volunteer Meetings. Sell additional shirts as available. Assist in producing volunteer badges. 2/19-2/24
WALKING SCORERS: Walk with a group of players during the Pro-Am and Tournament rounds, entering stroke, scoring, and statistical information into a hand held device. Wed.-Sun. (Wed. required for new walking scorer volunteers)
WILL CALL: Serve as a distribution center at an off-site location for credentials and passes left for guests of Players, Officials, Hospitality Sponsors, PGA TOUR Staff, and members of the Media. Mon.-Sun.