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)
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:
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:
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.
Charity Committee members are expected to:
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:
Divot Crew Team Members will be responsible for properly filling divots the week before the tournament and/or after every day of play during tournament week. You will be assigned in teams to work on specific holes on the North and South Course. The work entails walking the fairways and filling the divots with sand. It is critical that divots not be filled too much so a mandatory training session will take place prior to the event. The Divot Crew work begins on January 18th and continues through the tournaments conclusion. Work may take place at any time during the day between the 18th and 30th (inclusive). Commencing on the 25th, Dew Crew work will take place after the day’s play, approximately 3pm.
Divot Crew volunteers are expected to:
• Work at least four (4) shifts between the Jan 18th – Jan 30th.
• Be on time and commit to a specific schedule (that’s given to you) beginning on the 18th.
• Be physically capable of walking the fairways while carrying small sand buckets while stooping as
• Take specific directions from City staff and/or the PGA Tour Officials. A mandatory training session
will take place prior to the tournament to discuss the duties involved with the job.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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: