The Western Golf Association today issued an invitation to golf fans to sign up for opportunities to serve as volunteers for this year’s BMW Championship, to be held Sept. 9-15, at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest.
Openings for 800 volunteers are now available in more than a dozen categories, including Admissions, Child Care, Marshals, Merchandise Tent, Practice Areas, Scoreboards, ShotLink, Standard Bearers and VIP Transportation, among others. These opportunities will be offered for a limited time, with preferences for assignments granted as available. Once the openings are filled, applicants will be placed on a waiting list.
Fans interested in volunteering may sign up by visiting the BMW Championship website and clicking on the Volunteers tab.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of the BMW Championship, enabling one of the most prestigious tournaments in golf to run seamlessly,” said Vince Pellegrino, WGA vice president of tournaments. “We expect the remaining volunteer openings will be filled quickly, so I would encourage anyone interested to sign up as soon as possible."
All BMW Championship volunteers receive a package that includes:
-- Two BMW Championship tickets -- Golf shirt -- Wind jacket -- Hat or visor -- Commemorative pin -- Volunteer Credential, valid for entry all week -- Access to a hospitality tent with food and beverages on days volunteering -- Invitation to the Volunteer Appreciation Party -- Opportunity to buy additional BMW Championship tickets at a discount
The volunteer package, valued at more than $250, is just $85 for volunteers who are accepted for assignments at the BMW Championship. Volunteers are asked to be available to work two or three shifts of approximately six hours each.
The 2013 BMW Championship will utilize a total of 1,500 volunteers, 700 of whom already are in place. This is the BMW Championship’s inaugural year at Conway Farms – located in the northern suburbs of Chicago – after two decades at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in southwest suburb Lemont. Last year’s tournament was held at Crooked Stick Golf Club outside Indianapolis and was named “Tournament of the Year” by the PGA TOUR.
The WGA conducts four national golf championships: The BMW Championship on the PGA TOUR, the Hotel Fitness Championship on the Web.com Tour, the Western Amateur and the Western Junior.