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Regions Tradition -- Calling all volunteers

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The Regions Tradition is long established in the community and will be contested again at beautiful Shoal Creek, June 6-9.

What you might not know is, if you volunteer for this year's Regions Tradition, you will have the chance to play Shoal Creek later in the year! Imagine strolling the same fairways as Tom Lehman, Fred Couples and the rest of their Champions Tour brethren. 

Volunteers play a vital role in ensuring the success of the tournament and your support is invaluable. This major championship is enlisting the help of approximately 1000 volunteers to work on various committees.


All volunteers will be required to purchase the $50 volunteer package. This package includes:

  • Volunteer uniform (golf shirt and ball cap or visor)
  • Entrance to volunteer hospitality area
  • Food and beverage while on shift
  • Credential to watch golf
  • Five Good-Any-Day Tickets
  • Option of playing a round of golf at Shoal Creek for an additional $45

There are all sorts of committees a volunteer can serve on. Take a look at the options:

  • Access Control : Work in conjunction with Corporate Hospitality Committee and the contracted security company to ensure tournament guests have the proper credentials to enter various restricted areas.
  • Admissions: Sell and issue daily tickets, manage Will Call function and check tickets/credentials at admissions gates.
  • Caddie Hospitality: Handle caddie registration, distribution and collection of caddie bibs and provide information as needed. Volunteers on this committee will not serve as caddies during the tournament.
  • Communications: Responsible for the daily set-up and distribution of radios and cell phones.
  • Driving Distance: Responsible for measuring and recording shot data using survey grade lasers and a palm device. This information is then communicated to various parties throughout the golf course.
  • Disability Services: Assist spectators whose physical limitations prevent them from accessing the tournament course.
  • Golf Carts: Control inventory and distribution of golf carts to authorized personnel.
  • Leaderboards: Operate manual leaderboards and thru-boards at various sites throughout the course and post information received via handheld computer. May have to climb ladders and work on elevated platforms.
  • Marshals: Serve as a marshal to ensure players are not disturbed during play and enforce crowd control and golf etiquette among spectators.
  • Marshal Rovers: Responsible for escorting high profile players through crowds around the golf course. Volunteer must stay with player from time of arrival until he has completed his round. Also serve as a marshal to ensure players are not disturbed during play. Rovers are not assigned to a specific group/hole until the day of their shift.
  • Merchandise: Assist with various functions inside Merchandise Pavilion such as operating cash registers and customer service. Staff "Check Tent" for spectators to leave parcels that have been purchased in Merchandise Pavilion.
  • Player Refreshments: Stock and deliver on-course refreshments to tee boxes and distribute pairing sheets. May require heavy lifting.
  • Practice Areas: Manage the operation of the Practice Range and all other practice areas. Duties include distributing range balls by brand and placing the appropriate nameplate to identify each player.
  • Pro-Am Operations: Responsible for managing the operation of the Pro-Am Competition. Duties include gift bag assembly and distribution and registration of amateur players.
  • Sponsor Relations: Help ensure tournament guests have proper credentials to enter various restricted areas and act as liaison and host to corporate clients in various hospitality areas.
  • Transportation: Receive, inventory and control issuance of courtesy cars. Meet players, officials and designated guests at airport and assist them with their transportation needs. Drive shuttle vehicles between hotels and course for player family members, officials and designated guests. Must be over 25 years of age and have a valid driver's license.
  • Volunteer Headquarters: Responsible for the operation of the volunteer headquarters during Tournament Week.
  •  Volunteer Orientation and Uniforms: Assist with set-up for all orientation sessions and volunteer uniform distribution and exchange.
  • Walking Scorers: Record accurate hole-by-hole information for each player in group and transmit this information to Scoring Central via handheld computers. Must have thorough knowledge of golf, be comfortable working with handheld computer and be able to walk 18 holes regardless of weather conditions.

 As if all of this information has not whet your appetite enough to get involved, consider some of the players expected to play including two-time defending champion Tom Lehman, Fred Couples, Tom Watson, Nick Price, Bernhard Langer, Mark O'Meara, John Cook, Mark Calcavecchia, Hale Irwin and Fred Funk. Newcomers expected to tee it up include Steve Elkington, Rocco Mediate, Bart Bryant, Duffy Waldorf and Joe Daley.

A major championship on the Champions Tour and a highlight of the statewide golfing calendar, the Regions Tradition provides two ticket options starting at $20 for a Good-Any-One-Day ticket. The Tournament Weekly package gives offers five Good-Any-One-Day grounds tickets for $65. 

Throughout tournament week, children ages 18 and younger are admitted free with a ticketed adult.

Children's of Alabama, the state's only Level 1 pediatric trauma center, will once again be the primary beneficiary of charitable contributions generated by the Regions Tradition. 

You can order your tickets online and print them from home. For additional information and to purchase tickets, as well as signing up to volunteer, visit www.regionstradition.com. So, what are you waiting for?

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