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Volunteers Needed for U.S. Amateur this August at AAC

More than 1,000 volunteers are needed to ensure the championship will be fully staffed and will create the ultimate experience for the players, their families and the spectators.

The Athletic Club has a legacy of hosting major championships. Courtesy AAC
The Athletic Club has a legacy of hosting major championships. Courtesy AAC
Patch Staff Report

The Atlanta Athletic Club is actively seeking volunteers to help with the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship, Aug. 9-17.

More than 1,000 volunteers are needed to ensure the championship will be fully staffed and will create the ultimate experience for the players, their families and the spectators.

“Volunteers are vitally important to the success of the U.S. Amateur Championship,” said Co-Chairman Charlie Anderson in a press release. “It’s a chance to get involved with a great event and see some of the future stars of golf.”

Among the areas that volunteers are needed are:

  • Volunteer hospitality
  • Uniform exchange
  • Golf cart control
  • Practice range
  • Tee refreshments
  • Transportation
  • Status boards
  • Public scoreboard
  • Stroke-play scoring
  • Standard bearers
  • Disabled services
  • Marshals
  • Merchandise
  • Access control

“This would be a great way to get your golf club or group involved in the championship,” Co-Chairman Glenn Cornell said in the release. “Or if you’re an individual who wants to get involved, we can use you too. We would appreciate and value your service to this great event.”

The volunteer package includes:

• One volunteer uniform created by FootJoy that consists of a golf shirt, belt and choice of headwear.
• One volunteer badge that provides access to the grounds all nine days of the championship (Aug. 9-17).
• One guest badge that provides access all days of the championship.
• Four meal vouchers to be used during the week.
• Complimentary parking
• A 20 percent discount in the Atlanta Athletic Club golf shop throughout the week.

The fee for the volunteer package is $130.54.

Juniors may also volunteer for the championship. The junior package includes:

• One volunteer uniform that consists of a golf shirt and baseball-style cap
• One volunteer badge that provides access to the grounds all nine days of the championship (Aug. 9-17).
• Three meal vouchers to be used during the week.
• Complimentary parking
• A 20 percent discount in the Atlanta Athletic Club golf shop throughout the week.

The fee for the junior volunteer package is $53.50.

Prospective volunteers may register online at www.2014usamateur.com

The U.S. Amateur Championship, conducted by the United State Golf Association, is the oldest golf championship in the country. This will be the 114th competition of the event, which began in 1895.

The Athletic Club has a legacy of hosting major championships. Since moving to its current location in North Fulton County, the club has hosted the:

● 2011 PGA Championship
● 2002 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship
● 2001 PGA Championship
● 1990 U.S. Women’s Open
● 1984 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship
● 1982 Junior World Cup
● 1981 PGA Championship
● 1976 U.S. Open Championship

Aileen Wyckoff February 21, 2014 at 04:43 PM
Is this the same AAC that thought it would be a good idea to sell off their property to a developer who would create a traffic nightmare at Old Alabama and Medlock Bridge? Does the USGA know about this?
Elizabeth February 22, 2014 at 01:12 PM
A fee to volunteer?
Heather February 22, 2014 at 01:26 PM
The fee is for the uniform that you will get to keep. There are also other valuable perks for volunteering! It really is a great opportunity for sports enthusiast of all ages. If the uniform is a cost is a concern - the JC CVB will also be needing volunteers to staff the information booth that will not require the fee. If you are interested email me @ heather@JohnsCreekCVB.com
N Hale February 22, 2014 at 08:06 PM
An indentured servant was someone who worked for an individual who paid there way to America. Once here the individual was indebted for a defined ageed upon period of servitude. They too received room, board, clothing, etc... Regarding the visitors bureau, the taxpayers already paid you with tax dollars which is your funding. What is wrong with America today. The fact that we tolerate all of this.
Heather February 24, 2014 at 02:18 PM
This volunteer opportunity is not for everyone, but for those that do participate, it is an amazing experience. We have had people from several states that travel here just to volunteer for one of these internationally viewed events and it is wonderful to give the JC community the opportunity to participate. Re: CVB funding - it is 100% funded by a portion of the hotel/motel tax paid by guests when they stay in our JC hotels. Its collection and use is authorized and directed by the Georgia State code. Because of tourism in 2013, every Georgia household benefited from state and local tax savings of $767. Drill down to the Fulton County level and households received $1,463.83 in tax relief per household, as a result of the taxes generated by tourism economic activity. (As reported by Georgia Department of Economic Development)
Becca February 24, 2014 at 04:39 PM
Volunteers...fees...frivolous "perks"...thinking 1,000 people will think that's just dreamy...omg hilarious! Zzzz
Robert Searl February 24, 2014 at 04:49 PM
A fee for a "uniform" that will be used once? Oh, a wedding dress, maybe.
Robert Searl February 24, 2014 at 05:10 PM
Hmmmm, a "uniform" consisting of a hat, belt and shirt that can be used for one event and must be paid for? So the fee offsets the perks; are there not tax implications? Heather, your marketing skills are to be admired. May I quote you on the tax relief figures?
Heather February 24, 2014 at 06:05 PM
Again - this volunteer opportunity is not for everyone - but in 2011 for the 93rd PGA Championship they needed 3500 volunteers and the fee was $203. All positions were filled. Robert - thank you, and the the figures are available on state's Economic Development site http://www.georgia.org/ under Tourism.
Aileen Wyckoff February 24, 2014 at 06:26 PM
I attempted this on me phone, alas, so if it appears later, forgive the double-up. The AAC is on my 'list' thanks to the development debacle, BUT I do know of folks that have volunteered for these events in the past and had a ball. It can be tiring particularly if hot, but between the souvenir shirt, the discounts, and most importantly, access to the grounds and thereby the players, it's a deal if you love golf.

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