By Matt Hombach
|D.A. Weibring won last year's Senior Players Championship at Baltimore Country Club in Timonium, Md.
According to tournament services manager Meghan Costello, the event requires 900 volunteers throughout the week of play, to serve as marshals and on the transportation committee.
The championship will be played at Baltimore Country Club Sept. 28-Oct. 4.
All tournament volunteers commit to at least three 12-16 hour shifts. Volunteers are given a uniform, parking pass, lunch on the days they work and free admission to the event throughout the week. Volunteers are required to purchase a $75 package that helps offset a portion of the actual cost so the tournament can continue to benefit charities.
In addition to seeing some of the best golfers up close during tournament week, volunteers are treated to an appreciation party at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Timonium.
To learn more or to volunteer, visit www.volunteers.ceseniorplayers.com or call 410-853-7064.
If you promised yourself 2009 would be the year to learn golf, it's still not too late. Clifton Park Golf Course in Baltimore City is offering First Swing Classes, starting in early September.
The classes consist of five, 90- minute sessions. Mark Paolini, head golf professional at Clifton Park, will lead the instruction during each class.
“Our goal with First Swing is to teach new golfers everything they need to know to get out on the course,” Paolini said. “From basic rules and etiquette to chipping and putting and the full swing, golfers will be fully prepared to play on a course after five weeks of training.”
The cost is $99 and golfers can bring their own clubs or borrow some from the course. Paolini indicated the response for the classes was strong in the spring, so Clifton Park replicated the program in the fall.
“We had a great mix of people earlier this year,” he said. “Most were men and women over 30 with even a few seniors mixed in as well. Everyone enjoyed their experience and we’re looking forward to working with some more new golfers this fall.”
For more information visit www.classic5golf.com.
Throughout the month of August, golfers who tee it up at one of Baltimore County Golf’s five courses can support the Maryland affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The organization’s goal is to save lives and end breast cancer by ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find a cure for the disease.
BCG has committed to donate a minimum of $5,000 to the organization by allocating a portion of all playing fees in August to the cause. Simply put, the more golfers tee it up, the more money will be raised to fight a disease that has received a lot of attention in the golf industry since Phil Mickelson’s wife and mother were diagnosed with breast cancer this summer.
The Play It Forward promotion is not BCG’s first charitable endeavor. In 2007, the courses donated over $7,000 to area non-profits in their Tee it Up for Charity campaign. Last month the courses sponsored a Swing for Charity event during an Orioles game at Camden Yards that raised $250 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
The five participating courses include Greystone, The Woodlands, Rocky Point, Diamond Ridge and Longview. For more information, visit one of the courses or www.baltimoregolfing.com.
Issue 140: August 2009