The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G wouldn’t be possible without the wonderful group of volunteers who commit themselves to making the tournament one of the best stops on the LPGA tour. Each month, we’ll be highlighting a different volunteer chairman for a behind the scenes look at what it takes to run a world-class golf event, as well as get to know some of the hardworking volunteers who return year after year to the #NWAChampionship!
Earl Kisling is the volunteer chairman who oversees the Caddie Tent volunteers. He and his team work closely with the players’ caddies on tour—making sure they have what they need each day of the tournament and throughout the week. Earl and his wife, Donna, have been great supporters of the event since it began in 2007. Both have been integral to the success of the tournament in aspects that often go unnoticed to the general public, but certainly do not go unnoticed to tournament staff!
Earl Kisling, Caddie Tent Chairman
How long have you been volunteering?
I have volunteered all eight years.
How did you get started?
After I retired my wife asked me if I wanted to be a volunteer and I told her that I would give it a try. Eight years later I’m still giving it a try.
Tell us about your committee and what your role is.
Presently I am the Caddy Tent chairperson and I have the pleasure of working with the greatest volunteers a chairperson can have. Several of the volunteers have been in the Caddy Tent for several years so I guess one could call us a family.
We see to it that the caddies and players feel welcome while they are at our championship, that they have all the information supplied to us by the LPGA, and that they have supplies they need for the tournament (refreshments, pencils ,towels, clean bibs with player name plates, etc.).
As for me, I am responsible for scheduling the volunteers and for making sure that all new volunteers receive proper training to assist the other volunteers, caddies and players. I am responsible for making sure that the bibs are taken to the laundry each day and that they are picked up each morning and organized based on the playing schedule for that day. I am also responsible for making sure that the caddies have clean towels, fresh snacks and lunch passes for each day.
What do you think is most surprising or unexpected about putting on a golf tournament of this magnitude?
I really can’t pinpoint any one thing that was a surprise or unexpected over the eight years mainly because every year seems to bring surprises. Maybe a better way to express it is, each year bring more fun than the previous year. This is very common when dealing with the caddies.
What is your favorite part about tournament week?
I don’t have a favorite part about the tournament. Every day is just so much fun being with the other volunteers, caddies and players, it makes the very long days well worth my time.
Do you have any favorite memories from over the years?
As for my favorite memories, at this point I have eight years of memories, some are very, very good and a few are not so good, all are mine to keep forever.
If you could do any other volunteer position, what would it be?
I really don’t have a desire to do anything other than the Caddy Tent, however, if my services is needed elsewhere, I would be happy to consider a change.