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Welcome Volunteers!74th U.S. Women's Open Championship l Country Club of Charleston l Charleston, S.C. l May 27- June 2, 2019

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The Country Club of Charleston will host the 74th U.S. Women’s Open Championship from May 27–June 2, 2019. Approximately 2,500 dedicated individuals will comprise the Volunteer Program for the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open! It is our goal to provide each volunteer with a unique and exciting experience during the championship. For any questions, please contact us at 2019uswomensopen@usga.org.

                2019 U.S. Women’s Open Volunteer Program Fast Facts:

Time Commitment

All volunteers for the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open Championship will volunteer for a minimum of four (4) shifts with each shift lasting between five (5) to six (6) hours. Volunteers will not be paid wages or compensated in any other manner in exchange for their volunteer activities.

Cost

Volunteers will be required to purchase the Volunteer Package for $85.

Volunteer Package

Volunteers will receive a credential for all seven (7) days of the championship, a meal voucher for each assigned shift, access to volunteer hospitality, a golf shirt, a wind jacket, a piece of headwear, a water bottle and a volunteer pin.

Committee Assignment

Approximately 17 committees will comprise the Volunteer Program at the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open Championship. Committee assignments will be communicated in the Summer of 2018. Please note, volunteers may be subject to a criminal history background check and/or Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) check based on committee assignment.

Application

Volunteer opportunities are largely granted on a first-come, first-served basis. The Championship Office will notify you if you have been selected as a volunteer. You can fill out the application online by clicking the link above OR you can download the application by clicking below, complete the form in its entirety and return to the attention of the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open Championship Office, 247 Country Club Lane, Charleston, SC 29412.

 

Committee Descriptions

Access Control: The Access Control Committee assists with access to various championship areas and facilities by checking for proper tickets and credentials.

Admissions & Information Services: The Admissions and Information Services Committee makes sure all visitors who wish to enter the championship grounds have a valid ticket or credential and are provided with clear and precise information regarding the championship and the greater Charleston area.

Ball Position: The Ball Position Committee will assist the USGA in determining ball position information to record various aspects of player statistics, including but not limited to stroke distance, stroke location, and distance to the hole through the use of computer operated laser measuring devices.

Caddie Services: The Caddie Services Committee will guide caddies through the registration process and provide caddies with needed information and equipment for the championship.

Corporate Hospitality: The Corporate Hospitality Committee assists with the management and operation of all corporate hospitality facilities including clubhouse and on-course offerings. The committee also ensures corporate clients and their guests are provided a positive and enjoyable experience.

Disability Services: The Disability Services Committee assists spectators by providing special on-course transportation to and from the drop-off areas and ADA viewing locations. Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Golf Carts: The purpose of the Golf Carts Committee is to assist the host club staff with the distribution and management of all championship golf carts.

Leader Boards: The Leader Boards Committee staffs all the championship leader boards and thru boards, as well as posts all scores and information dictated by a Wi-Fi handheld device.

Marshals: The Marshals Committee is responsible for managing the movements of players and spectators through championship grounds. They will promote physical safety and fair play while maintaining an enjoyable environment for spectators of the championship. Marshal volunteers will be required to walk to assigned hole and potentially stand for entire shift or walk as forward marshals with playing groups for 18 holes.

Member Services: The Member Services Committee manages host club member communications and information in advance of the U.S. Women’s Open. The committee assists with the management of the member only hospitality area(s) during the championship.

Merchandise: The Merchandise Committee will be responsible for management of all aspects of the Merchandise Pavilion operation in support of the USGA staff and vendors. The committee members will provide retail assistance in the Merchandise Pavilion (as well as in the secondary merchandise location, if applicable). This includes but is not limited to baggers, cashiers, customer service representatives, stockers, greeters, and entrance and exit monitors.

On-Course Distribution: The On-Course Distribution Committee ensures that all persons entering the championship grounds have access to publications such as pairing sheets, newspapers and other printed documents.  In addition to the documents, this committee will be responsible for managing the on-course water supply for players as well as water levels for other facilities such as Volunteer Services. May be required to lift heavy objects (up to 50 pounds).  

Player Services: The Player Services Committee assists with the management of the player hospitality areas and serves as an information resource for players and families.

Practice Areas: The Practice Areas Committee will oversee the management of the practice range, short game area, practice putting greens and their immediate surrounding areas.

Standard Bearers (Ages 14 through 25 ONLY): The Standard Bearers Committee manages the Standard Bearer operations. Each Standard Bearer is responsible for carrying a scoring sign (standard) with each group of players during the practice rounds as well as the championship rounds that shows each player’s score in relation to par. During the practice rounds, the standard bearer will be carrying the scoring sign to reflect the players in that group only, no scoring information. Will be required to walk 18 holes.

Volunteer Services: The Volunteer Services Committee manages Volunteer Headquarters, providing information, meals, drinks, and snacks to the volunteers. They will be expected to have knowledge of Charleston, S.C., and the surrounding area (i.e. restaurants, activities, course layout).

Walking Scorers: The Walking Scorers Committee provides accurate shot-by-shot and hole-by-hole information for each player and enters scores into a handheld computer terminal. They will also assist with scorecard verification. Additionally, they will work with the standard bearer to make sure the scoring sign (standard) is accurate for each player’s score of the respective pairing. Ability to navigate 18 holes and follow players on foot is required.  Walking scorers will be required to attend mandatory onsite training during one (1) or two (2) practice rounds at the beginning of championship week. Volunteers will be asked to work shifts for both Round 1 and Round 2 and will be assigned for the weekend shifts based on availability and experience.