We interrupt our 5 part series to bring you this...
We are all a buzz with golf as The PGA Tour has arrived in Mexico City! This week, the city is hosting the inaugural PGA Tour World Golf Championships, Mexico Championship event. The top 50 players from around the world are here and vying for a slice of the $9.75 million purse. There is no cut in this tournament which means every player is guaranteed a minimum of roughly $50,000.
The event is being held at the Club de Golf Chapultepec. If you’ve ever attended a professional golf tournament, or watched one on TV, you may have noticed how golf courses make a complete transformation to host these events on such a grand scale. The planning, the logistics are all quite impressive - hospitality, volunteer and media tents, the fan zones, the apparel sales, the accommodation and transportation for the players, caddies and families.
|The evolution of the 17th hole grandstands...|
The volunteer requirement to pull off an event like this is massive - 1,200 are here at this Mexico tournament (all in green shirts). Volunteers are needed as Marshalls (crowd and noise control aka the “Quiet Please”, or as we say in the south “Hush Ya’ll”, people), walking scorers, Laser SHOTLink (this tells the TV announcers how far a ball is lying from the green), standard bearers (walking scoreboards), player hydration and corporate hospitality.
I am honored to be working directly with the players in the Club House as co-chairman of the Players Services Volunteer Team. We have registered the players and provide concierge support throughout the week. We also liaise with the caddie and player transportation chairmen.
|The Volunteer Chairmen...I'm guessing you can pick me out from the crowd|
I’m cheering on Bobby Diaz, currently ranked 472nd in the world and the solo Mexican player in the field. He eared an exemption to play one week ago, nudging out two other Mexican players vying for the coveted spot.
It is a privilege to work so closely with the PGA Tour and with the best players from around the world. This is a special opportunity for the game of golf to be elevated here in Mexico. So let the tournament begin!
Tune in to watch on the Golf Channel throughout the week and on NBC Saturday and Sunday.
Stayed tuned next week as we return with Part 3 of our 5 Part Survival Skills Series!