HED:Volunteers will be among U.S. Open’s best dressed

AUTHOR: MORRIS

HED:Volunteers will be among U.S. Open’s best dressed

By M. Scott Morris

Daily Journal

It’s a safe bet the best dressed people at the 1999 U.S. Women’s Open Championship at Old Waverly in West Point will be wearing golf shirts.

The many volunteers needed to run the championship will be among the most stylish.

They’ll be dressed in white golf shirts trimmed in green and featuring the 1999 U.S. Women’s Open logo.

“Most of the volunteers will have oyster-colored hats,” said Tricia Hemphill, championship coordinator. “The marshals will wear green hats which will allow them to go past the ropes.”

Marshals are charged with making sure the players are not disturbed during play. They also enforce crowd control and golf etiquette among spectators.

Male volunteers will receive golf caps while women are slated to receive visors. All volunteers will be issued a pair of shorts.

“Everybody is really supposed to be in shorts, but if they ask they can wear pants,” said Carolyn Ellis, championship assistant. “We’re not going to be too strict on that.”

At present, there are BLANK volunteers scheduled to work during the week of the event, May 31 to June 6.

“We are recruiting 1500 volunteers. The response has been unbelievable,” Ellis said. “We’ve had more interest than we expected. People from 27 states have called to volunteer.”

Residents of West Point, Columbus and Starkville have been quick to throw their support behind the championship, conducted by the United States Golf Association.

“The whole Golden Triangle area has been very, very supportive,” Ellis said.

For a fee of $85, volunteers receive a uniform, volunteer badge, meal coupons, drink vouchers, a $15 gift certificate from Bryan Foods and Jimmy Dean and a volunteer play day at Old Waverly Golf Club.

To qualify for the play day, a volunteer must complete four shifts during the week of the championship. The volunteer package has a retail value of $325.

Prior to the championship, enrolled volunteers will receive several newsletters keeping them informed of the 1999 U.S. Women’s Open updates.

Volunteers will work with one of 13 committees during the championship. Committee members do everything from picking trash to picking up players at the airport.

“We couldn’t do it all without the volunteers,” Hemphill said.

To reserve a volunteer uniform in your name, contact the 1999 U.S. Women’s Open Championship at (601) 495-1999 or 1-888-495-1999. Information is also available on the Web at www.99uswomensopen.org.