January 26 - 29, 2017 | Torrey Pines | San Diego, CA

Committee Descriptions

 

Committees require volunteers to work a minimum of three (3) shifts/days. Shift times vary depending on committee. During the volunteer registration process you will have the opportunity to select your availability. Please note, these times are not your final schedule, but will serve as a starting point for your Committee Chairman as they create a shift schedule.

Committee Choices: During the registration process, volunteers will be asked to enter 1st, 2nd and 3rd committee choices.  The Tournament Office will make every effort to help ensure all volunteers are placed according to their preference. However, committees do fill up quickly, and you may be placed in an alternate committee to help with the Tournament’s needs.

Tournament Committee training and uniform distribution will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017. (Times are TBD)

Ambassadors

Our ambassadors are responsible for serving as official greeters of the tournament. Ambassadors will greet spectators upon entering, assist with general information, distribute tournament programs and direct spectators to the Information Booth for additional information as needed.

Ambassadors are expected to:

  • Work at least a minimum of three (3) shifts (Wednesday – Sunday)
  • Requires standing/walking for long periods of time.
  • Must be familiar with the Tournament and the golf course as you are an information resource to spectators during the week.
  • Be responsible for distributing Tournament Programs at strategic locations for tournament information and sponsor exposure.
  • Be friendly and cheerful as you hand out information to spectators.

Bunker Buddies

As a bunker buddy, you will be responsible for preparing the traps out on course in the morning prior to play every day of the tournament. You will be assigned in teams to work on specific holes on the North and South Course. A bunker buddy’s work is completed near the time the first players begin play, so we will be starting as early as 4:30am each morning and finishing at approximately 8:30am.

Bunker buddy volunteers are expected to:

  • Work at least three (3) full days (Monday – Sunday)
  • Be willing to work early morning hours to ensure the traps are in pristine condition prior to play each day.
  • Understand the proper protocol for maintaining the traps out on course.
  • A mandatory training session will take place prior to the tournament to discuss the duties involved with the job.

Charity

As a charity committee volunteer, you will be helping the Tournament achieve its charitable mission of supporting San Diego’s at-risk and underserved youth. Volunteers in this committee will be responsible for operating the charity zone in the Fan Village on-course during the Farmers Insurance Open. Volunteers will oversee an interactive fan experience focused on charity, will answer fan questions and report feedback to Tournament staff.

    A mandatory training session will be held one week prior to tournament week and will run approximately one hour in length.

    Charity Committee members are expected to:

    • Work at least two (2) all day shifts on two separate days (Thursday-Sunday)
    • Have a friendly and cheerful attitude when interacting with fans and charities
    • Be willing to learn about the Tournament’s charity program
    • Be able to stand/sit for long periods of time

Dew Crew

Dew Crew Team Members will be responsible for preparing the fairways in the morning prior to play every day of the tournament. You will be assigned in teams to work on specific holes on the North and South Course. The work entails the use of a golf cart and rope to drag the fairways so as to knock down the dew as it accumulates on the fairways. The Dew Crew work begins only when/if instructed by the PGA TOUR before play begins in the morning and is completed after all fairways are properly prepared. Teams must be ready to go at 6am with work finishing at approximately 8:30am.

Dew Crew volunteers are expected to:

  • Work at least three (3) shifts (Monday – Sunday)
  • Be willing to work early morning hours to ensure the fairways are in pristine condition prior to play each day.
  • Understand the proper use of a golf cart. A mandatory training session will take place prior to the tournament to discuss the duties involved with the job.
  • Dress warm, bring durable gloves and wear waterproof clothing.

Hospitality Guest Services

Volunteers will assist sponsors in hospitality areas by checking proper credentials at entrances, meet and greet guests, oversee general flow and provide information and customer service to corporate guests as well as enforce silence during play on the green. Volunteers will also assist in general upkeep and appearance of the hospitality venues during tournament week while continually showing appreciation to the guests.

Hospitality Guest Service volunteers are expected to:

  • Work at least three (3) shifts (Thursday – Sunday)
  • Requires standing for long periods of time.
  • Be friendly and cheerful as you interact with corporate guests.

Marshals & Evacuation Team

REQUIRED DAYS: WEDNESDAY – FRIDAY. Assignment priority will be given to volunteers who are able to work Wednesday – Sunday.

Marshals are responsible for crowd and noise control on the golf course. Marshals are stationed at various locations on course: tee boxes, fairways, greens, crosswalks, etc. This committee is the largest group of volunteers and provides gallery control for the tournament and ensures PGA TOUR player safety and movement around the golf course.

Several Marshals will be selected to serve on our Evacuation Team. Members of the Evacuation Team help carry out our emergency plan to transport PGA TOUR players and caddies on and off the course in case of inclement weather. In the event there is no need for an evacuation, their primary duties will be those of a Marshal.

A mandatory orientation will be held prior to tournament week, and will run approximately two hours in length.

IMPORTANT: Assignment priority will be given to volunteers who are able to work Wednesday thru Sunday.

Marshals are expected to:

  • Required Days: WEDNESDAY – FRIDAY. Shifts are ONE FULL DAY and starting times may vary due to hole assignment. Additional shifts may be assigned to help during the weekend.
  • Locate and protect golf shots.
  • Maintain patron noise and movement with voice commands, raised arms, hand held signage and patron ropes.

Media Center

Volunteers will assist Tournament Media officials with the day-to-day operations of the on-course Media Center. Volunteer will assist with answering questions and addressing any issues that may arise.

Media Volunteers are expected to:

  • Work at least a minimum of three (3) days (Monday – Sunday)
  • Assist with microphones in the interview room, transport media to various parts of the golf course via golf cart, assist with media check-in, pass out media materials, etc.
  • Remain professional and courteous to all PGA TOUR players, PGA TOUR officials, and members of the media at all times
  • Basic understanding of the rules of golf, cart etiquette, and Torrey Pines Golf Course are preferred

Mobile Device Task Force

Members of our mobile device task force are responsible for roving the course to remind spectators to please use their mobile devices in specified mobile zones. Devices may include cell phones, video cameras, cameras and PDA’s. Volunteers will work in conjunction with Marshals and on-site security.

Mobile Device volunteers are expected to:

  • Work at least three (3) full days (Thursday – Sunday)
  • Be familiar with the Tournament as you are a resource to spectators.
  • Be willing to take action in the event spectators need to be warned about appropriate mobile device behavior.
  • Must be able to walk 18 holes, rain or shine.

Player & Caddie Shuttles

Responsible for providing golf cart assistance for PGA TOUR players and caddies to and from the putting green and driving range. Other duties include monitoring all carts to be charged and cleaned when returned to the cart barn, and staging carts to be used on an as-needed basis.

Shuttle Services volunteers are expected to:

  • Work a minimum of three (3) full days (Monday – Sunday)
  • Must be able to drive a multi-passenger golf cart.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid driver’s license.

Player Registration (FULL)

Assist players with transportation requests, reservations, social activities, childcare and special needs for players and their families. Strong interpersonal skills, outgoing, enthusiastic and flexibility needed; Tournament week only.

Player Transportation

Volunteers will coordinate and provide transportation to PGA TOUR players, their families, Officials and other VIPs of the Farmers Insurance Open to and from the golf course, airport and hotels. Transportation volunteers also assist with the inventory and tracking of all tournament vehicles.

Transportation volunteers are expected to:

  • Work at least four (4) days AM or PM shifts (from the Sunday prior to Tournament Week – Sunday of Tournament week)
  • Must have 21 years of age, have a clean driving record and valid driver’s license.
  • Be familiar with the La Jolla/San Diego/Airport area or the ability to operate GPS

Pro-Am

Volunteers assist with Pro-Am gift suite registration and gift distribution, Pro-Am registration and check-in, Pro-Am Tournament and After-Play assistance.

Pro-Am volunteers are expected to:

  • Work a minimum of two (2) days (Monday – Wednesday)
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time with moderate lifting.
  • Be friendly and cheerful as you hand interact with Pro-Am guests.

Scorers – Walking

Currently this committee is only open to returning Scorers from the 2016 Tournament. Will open to new volunteers on October 1st.

Responsible for walking with each group to keep statistics and hole-by-hole records for each player. Scorers will keep on course statistics and scores on a handheld Palm Pilot computer device.

A mandatory training session by the PGA Tour will be held one week prior to tournament week and will run approximately two hours in length.

Scorers are expected to:

  • Work at least three (3) full days (Wednesday – Sunday). ALL scoring volunteers are required to work Wednesday and at least two (2) additional days.
  • Understand golf rules and etiquette.
  • Must be able to walk 18 holes, in all types of weather conditions, while wearing the proper equipment.

ShotLink Laser Team

Currently this committee is only open to returning Shotlink volunteers from the 2016 Tournament. Please choose as an option during registration to be added to the wait list in case a spot becomes available.

The ShotLink system, located at strategic fairway and greenside positions, disseminates scoring and statistical data worldwide on every shot in real-time for each pairing during tournament play on the Torrey Pines South Course via the use of Palm Pilots connected to a GPS enabled laser. Manually input grid coordinates are used for back-up.

A mandatory training session by the PGA TOUR will be held one week prior to tournament week (January 21, 2017) and will run approximately two hours in length.

Laser Team operators are expected to:

  • Work all four (4) full tournament days (Thursday – Sunday).
  • On Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. there will be a hands-on training opportunity which is highly recommended for new volunteers and anyone wanting to re-acquaint themselves with the laser operation and grid charting procedures. For time management purposes, please allow between fifteen and forty-five minutes for this on the golf course training. Additionally, Parking and transit time will need to be taken into account for those on a time limited schedule.
  • Understand golf rules and etiquette.
  • Stand/sit at an assigned hole, rain or shine, while wearing weather appropriate tournament attire.

Standard Bearers

Currently this committee is only open to returning Standard Bearers from the 2016 Tournament. Please choose as an option during registration to be added to the wait list in case a spot becomes available. Will open to new volunteers on October 1st.

Responsible for accompanying each group of golfers while carrying a standard board (approx. 5-6 pounds) displaying that group’s scores in relation to par on a cumulative basis.

A mandatory training session and uniform pick-up meeting will be held one week prior to tournament week (January 21, 2017) and will run approximately an hour and a half in length.

Standard Bearers are expected to:

  • Work at least three (3) full days (Wednesday – Sunday). All Standard Bearers are required to work Wednesday and at least two (2) additional days.
  • Understand golf rules and etiquette.
  • Walk 18 holes, rain or shine, while wearing the proper equipment.
  • Requires Heavy lifting and physical activity.

Will Call

Responsible for providing spectators, media and player guests a location to pick up credentials/tickets that have been left by a player, official, sponsor or patron. Corporate Hospitality clients, Spectators, PGA Tour Professionals, PGA Tour staff, Media Center and Tournament Office will use Will Call for distribution of credentials, tickets and other reasonable requests.

Will Call volunteers are expected to:

  • Work a minimum of three (3) shifts from (Wednesday – Sunday) A ‘MUST’ REQUIREMENT
  • Must be able to work with a computer
  • Have good communication and people skills
  • In some circumstances, deal with sensitive patron(s)
  • Qualify patron(s) by checking photo identification (Drivers License or other Official ID).
  • Distribute packets to qualified patron(s)

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