WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wells Fargo Championship is set to start Monday at Eagle Point Golf Club and there is still much to be done. With thousands of people coming to watch and play, it can be overwhelming for those working behind-the-scenes.
However, there is no one more prepared for what is to come than the Wells Fargo Championship volunteers.
“They’re the eyes and ears of this golf tournament. They’re the ones that are going to be interacting mostly with the people who are here on the grounds and they can be a big resource for them…we have them trained so they can become a real ambassador for everybody,” Kym Hougham, Wells Fargo Championship Executive Director, said.
Throughout the day, volunteers were trained in standard protocol and operations for the championship.
Many volunteers are new to the responsibilities, while others like Richard Jones and Tracy Black have been doing this for years and say they could never get tired of it.
“I enjoy talking to people. Asking them where they’re from, the kind of things they do. A lot of that time is spent obviously when there is no play at the hole. But you get to meet a lot of people,” Jones said.
“Being at the course everyday and getting to see a lot of great golf, a lot of great golfers kind of up close. Even though we don’t interact with them necessarily, its fun to see that. And getting to meet up with the same group of people. Most of us have all been doing this for 14 or 15 years. So we meet up once a year and it’s become a family,” Black said.
According to Hougham, there are around 1800 volunteers for the Championship and they all need to go through the training.
“We feel it is very important for them to have a training day to get familiar with what we expect and how it can make the experience for the people coming out to be much better,” Hougham said.
Unfortunately, all volunteer spots are filled up so if you want to help, you’ll have to wait till next year.