Volunteer

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Thank you for your support of the #NWAChampionship! Volunteering at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G is a great way to get a behind-the-scenes look at a world-class professional sporting event, right here in Northwest Arkansas. The tournament needs roughly 750 volunteers throughout the week in a variety of committees and positions, many of which are available for volunteers of all ages.

We hope to see you on the course in September!

Volunteer Committees


Volunteers are encouraged to work at least three shifts in one of the following committees during Tournament Week. Committee and shift selections can be made on the Volunteer registration form at the time of registration. Volunteer shifts vary by committee, but typically last four to six hours per shift. If you have any questions regarding the specific responsibilities of a committee, please contact Rusty Gay at rgay@outlyr.com.

Admissions/Will Call


Admissions Volunteers are responsible for staffing the ticket booth and assisting security to ensure that all spectators have the proper tickets for entry. Will Call Volunteers are responsible for staffing a location for ticket buyers to pick up previously purchased tickets.



Ambassadors


Ambassadors are stationed at the main spectator Admissions. Ambassadors help direct spectators to on-course locations and assist with any questions. Training is provided prior to the event.


BITE Experience


Volunteers will assist with admissions, supply distribution, wayfinding and more for the BITE Experience, located near Holes 16 and 17.

Caddie Tent


Caddie Tent Volunteers are responsible for assisting the professional caddies throughout the Tournament.  Volunteers are also responsible for distributing and collecting caddie bibs, towels and lunch vouchers. Other duties include managing the Caddie Tent and caddie registration.

Carts & Shuttles


Carts Committee Volunteers manage the Cart Area and control the charging, distribution, and collection of carts to authorized personnel. Volunteers will also be responsible for using carts on the course to help shuttle LPGA professionals and Volunteers.

Driving Range


Volunteers assist in providing and maintaining a suitable driving range for all players. Specific duties include maintaining supplies such as range balls, beverages and player identification signs.

Hospitality


Hospitality Volunteers assist in the suites on the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th Greens. Volunteer duties include checking that guests have the proper credentials for entry and crowd management.

Marshals


Marshals ensure fair play among all participants as well as safety for spectators, and are stationed at locations throughout the course. Focus is on the tees, landing areas, greens and spectator crosswalks. There is a mandatory pre-tournament training session for this position.

Player Services


Volunteers are responsible for player registration as well as set-up and organization of the locker room. Additional duties include player mail distribution, encouraging players to sign memorabilia, assisting with picture frames for the Pro-Am and handling miscellaneous player requests. This committee is for women only.

Pro-Am

 
Volunteers are responsible for assisting the Tournament staff with amateur registration, coordination of bag drop with the Pro Shop and picture/gift bag assembly/distribution.

Pro-Am Operations


Volunteers assist with the operations of the Pro-Am by driving a golf cart with a specific group for the round.

Scoring Central


Scoring Central Volunteers are responsible for obtaining the scores from walking scorers via radio and entering them into the computer system for the electronic scoreboard. Computer skills and capability to use radio is preferred.


Scoring Tents


Stationed in the scoring tents behind 9th and 18th holes, Volunteers obtain scorecards from the players after they have completed their round.

Standard Bearers


Volunteers are responsible for carrying a standard (with the names and scores for each professional) on the course for an entire round. Volunteers should be at least 13 years old and able to walk 18 holes of golf while carrying the standard.

Supply Distribution


Volunteers are responsible for distributing product such as water, soda and snacks throughout the course. This committee is physically demanding.

Television


Volunteers assist the television network staff in production of the telecast.  Substantial golf knowledge is necessary.

Transportation


Volunteers are responsible for transporting players, staff and VIPs to various locations (including hotel, airport and private housing) in courtesy vehicles provided by the Tournament. A copy of your license is required. Volunteers are needed to help with staging of vehicles on the Saturday and Sunday before the Tournament and the Monday after the Tournament.

Volunteer Services


Volunteers are responsible for staffing the Volunteer Headquarters, handling uniform distribution and maintaining a comfortable working environment for the Volunteers

Walking Scorers


Each scorer follows a particular group with a wireless handheld palm and headset, marking each stroke and specific statistics. At the end of each hole, these Volunteers are responsible for communicating scores to the central scoring network. Training is provided, however, substantial golf knowledge is necessary.  Volunteers should be able to walk 18 holes.

FAQ's

Registration Questions

Why should I volunteer?

Volunteering for the #NWAChampionship is a great way to give back to the community, as the event has donated over $4 million to various local charities over its 17-year existence. Other benefits include the opportunity to work with family & friends, make new friends and watch the best female golfers in the world compete. There are over 20 Volunteer committees so you are sure to find an activity which appeals to your interests (descriptions are posted on a separate tab). You will also receive a Volunteer Package valued at approximately $300, filled with Tournament gear and passes.

What does it cost to volunteer?

The Standard Volunteer package cost is $45.00 which includes two tournament branded golf shifts and headwear, weekly volunteer grounds badge, four daily guest tickets, a volunteer goody bag, P&G gift bag, meals during scheduled shifts and the opportunity to win community raffle prizes throughout event week (Valued at over $350).

How many days do I have to volunteer and for how many hours?

Volunteers are encouraged to work at least 3 shifts over the course of Tournament Week. Shifts typically last between 4-6 hours. Days and times may vary depending on the specific committee responsibilities.

Do I need to be a golfer or have golf knowledge to volunteer?

There are Volunteer opportunities for everyone! We have several committees to choose from that do not require any golf knowledge. Training sessions are provided for committees that require specific duties (It is preferred that Television and Walking Scorer Volunteers have some golf knowledge).

Are there any committees available that will be indoors?

Yes, Player Services, Scoring Central, Transportation, and Volunteer Services are all indoor committees.

Will I need training? When is Volunteer Training?

Volunteer training is recommended for the following committees: Ambassadors, Carts and Shuttles, Marshals, Transportation, and Walking Scorers. Training dates, times and format will be announced at a later date. If your committee does not have a training, direct any questions you may have to your Committee Chair.

If I have volunteered previously, do I need to sign up again?

Yes, every volunteer must register each year to update contact information, shift preferences and shirt sizes.

Can my children volunteer? Is there an age requirement?

Yes. Children ages 13 to 18 years old can Volunteer as Standard Bearers or on the Supply Distribution Committee. Volunteers for the Transportation Committee must be 25 years of age or older.

If I am no longer able to volunteer, can I receive a refund?

Yes. Please contact Rusty Gay at rgay@outlyr.com

Can I be scheduled (for shift assignments) at the same time as my spouse, friend, etc.?

Using the new TRS website, you have control over your shifts and times selection. Please coordinate with family and friends when selecting your shifts. If there are not available spots to work with friends, contact your Committee Chair or Rusty Gay at rgay@outlyr.com and we will try to accommodate.

When will I receive my schedule?

The shifts you select when registering online will be the shifts you are assigned. However, some committees require approval from the Committee Chair before the assignment of shifts (Player Services, Pro-Am, and Transportation). These committee members will be notified via email after registration of their assignments. The Committee Chair for all Committees will be in contact with their Volunteers concerning tournament information and scheduling details. Walking Scorers & Standard Bearers will receive specific tee time assignments when tee times are released closer to the Tournament.

Uniform Questions

What do I wear with my uniform?

We ask that all Volunteers wear khaki or black bottoms. Men can wear khaki pants or shorts. Ladies can wear khaki capris, pants, or knee length shorts or skorts. Cargo pants and cargo shorts are not permitted. Please do not wear prints.

Can I purchase additional uniform items?

Yes! You may also purchase a quarter-zip pullover online, though these are not required. If available, additional uniform items will be for sale during Tournament Week in the Volunteer Center.

When will the uniforms be distributed?

Stay tuned - Uniform Distribution Event details to be announced soon! Uniforms may also be picked up during Tournament Week if you are unable to attend the Uniform Distribution Event.

What do I do if my uniform does not fit?

Volunteer Uniforms can be exchanged during Tournament Week in the Volunteer Center.

On-Site Questions

Where do I park?

Volunteers will park at the Rogers Convention Center (3303 S Pinnacle Hills Pkwy, Rogers, AR 72758) and will be shuttled to the Volunteer Center. Please try and arrive at RCC approximately 45 minutes prior to the start of your shift. Your Volunteer Credential acts as a parking pass. If you have not picked up your credential, let security know you are a first time Volunteer.

Can I watch golf when I'm not volunteering?

Yes. Your credential is valid for the entire week and we encourage you to enjoy the Tournament in your free time. Volunteers are welcome to watch golf before or after their shift, and on days off as well. On days that you are not working, please do not wear your Volunteer uniform.

What should I bring when I come for my shift?

Depending on your assignment you may want to bring a camping-like folding chair and appropriate weather gear. Keep an eye on the weather and bring an umbrella or jacket if you will need it. Be sure to bring headwear and plenty of sunscreen if you are working out on the course.

Can I bring my camera or cell phone?

Cameras are not allowed. Cell phones are allowed, but please make sure to keep the ringer on "silent". Please refrain from taking any photos with your cell phone, Friday - Sunday during Tournament play.

Can I ask for autographs?

Please refrain from asking players for autographs when you are working as a Volunteer. If you are not working and not in uniform you may get autographs, (please do not interrupt the player's round). Autographs on the Volunteer uniform are prohibited.

Will food and beverage be provided?

Yes. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for Volunteers on their scheduled work days.  There will be snacks, coffee, water, and other assorted beverages in Volunteer Center as well.


Volunteer Recognition

Thank you to our volunteers who have supported the #NWAChampionship for all 16 years:

  • Rodney Alford
  • Arrah Anderson
  • Dwain Childers
  • Jimmy Collins
  • Drew Collom
  • Chuch Conklin
  • Don Conrad
  • Stephen Davis
  • Lonnie Drinkard
  • LaDonna Ehler
  • Sandy Ensinger
  • Nathan Fairchild
  • Frank Hignite
  • Ken Kastl
  • Donna Kisling
  • Earl Kisling
  • Judy Lemoine
  • Gayle Marchetta
  • Scott Malm
  • David Nowland
  • Andy O'Mara
  • Ron Paynter
  • David Phillips
  • Julia Reeves
  • Pamela Ried
  • Libby Schaller
  • Mike Shea
  • Karen Simmons
  • Mark Smedema
  • Jim Taylor
  • Wendy Teach
  • Karen Theel
  • Wayne Tuck
  • Pete Vanzant
  • Charles Wagner
  • Paul Watts
  • Anita Werts
  • Lee Yates