Volunteers are a critical part of the team for any PGA TOUR® event, and that's especially true for our Legends of Golf event at Big Cedar® Lodge. Working the tournament as a volunteer is a great way to meet other golf fans and support the Springfield/Branson/Ridgedale community.
Here are some thoughts that help capture the magic of the volunteer experience, straight from the mouths of three of our dedicated volunteers:
"Every year, I look forward to a great week that starts with a drive up to Top of the Rock along 'Dogwood Drive', as I call it—I think it's even more beautiful than Magnolia Lane at Augusta and 17-Mile Drive at Pebble Beach! My favorite part of being a volunteer each of the past three years has been the camaraderie created by working with golf fans from all over the world. I work with young folks, doctors, judges, retirees-you name it-and many of them tell me how working the Legends of Golf is one of the highlights of the year for them. They even plan their vacations around it! For all the volunteers, one of the best things about 2016 was the Volunteer Party, which Johnny Morris himself attended to thank us for our participation in making the Legends tournament such a great event. Getting to socialize with fellow volunteers, tell stories about our shared experiences, and hear how our efforts were appreciated really meant a lot to all of us. When it comes down to it, volunteering is great fellowship."
Chairman of Marshals and 3-Time Legends of Golf Volunteer
"Volunteering is a family affair, literally and figuratively. I have volunteered since the very first year, and have made friends with other volunteers who have become just like family. Each year, Legends of Golf time is just like a family reunion! This year, my mother volunteered as well, and it was great fun getting to be with her at such a fun event! I spend my time volunteering in the parking lot, so I get to interact with every single guest who comes to watch golf…my favorite memories always revolve around the guests who come from all over to watch golf and see the beauty of the Ozarks at Top of the Rock and Buffalo Ridge. In 2016, I had the privilege of meeting a 90-year old World War II veteran who was a member of Merrill’s Marauders, the original Army Rangers! What an honor it was to shake his hand and celebrate him as he entered the shuttle to Top of the Rock. Without a doubt, I'll volunteer again!"
3-Time Legends of Golf Volunteer
"One of the obvious highlights of volunteering at the tournament is the opportunity you get to meet and interact with some of the greatest golfers ever to play the game. To have a conversation and be able to serve players like Nicklaus, Player, Watson, Trevino, and more—literally the legends of golf—is amazing! But what was unexpected for me was the incredible friendships I formed with the other volunteers working as one team to pull off a great experience for the players and fans. The volunteers start out at the beginning of the week as complete strangers and by the end of the tournament you form a bond. So many great memories and funny things have happened over the past three years that I had to start keeping a journal because some of the stories just sound unbelievable…I take a week of vacation each year from my regular job to volunteer at the tournament because it's a chance to make incredible memories that I'll never forget and work with the best team on the PGA TOUR."
Director of Transportation and 3-Time Legends of Golf Volunteer