In the midst of the mighty Kraft Nabisco Championship taking place in Rancho Mirage, I’m reminded of the many men and women who come from the far reaches of the country to help make this women’s golf event one of the most storied in the world. The many volunteers who show up year after year help make the KNC—golf’s first major—the success it is today by supplying people power that ensures the tournament runs smoothly.
Just the other day I met a wonderful woman named Susan Weed from Washington, who has been helping out with the KNC for eight years. After watching her daughter volunteer for seven seasons, she thought, “Why am I letting HER have all the fun?!” Since that moment on they have come back each spring to help out, meet some of the best lady golfers on the planet, and renew friendships made from previous competitions. Susan, who owns and manages radio stations in Washington with her husband, tells me that her KNC friends come from a wide range of backgrounds. They include Dianne, an events coordinator from Atlanta; Kendall, who runs a winery in Paso Robles; and Pat, who previously managed large bookstores. From youngsters to retirees, they come from all walks of life.
So what do you get for being a volunteer? First of all, A LOT of thanks! Everyone knows that these kinds of events could never ever afford to operate if they had to pay staff for all the things the volunteers do in departments such as operations, merchandising, security, transportation, and uniform distribution. But aside from the gratitude, each volunteer is also given an all-access pass to the tournament, plus a totally cool KNC shirt, a windbreaker and hat, a commemorative pin, and even one additional pass for a guest of their choice. All this loot notwithstanding, Susan tells me that the best perk of all is the chance to make friendships that will last a lifetime. So…shall we sign you up for next year?