Volunteers

Mahalo to our Volunteers at the 2016 Sony Open in Hawaii!

A`ohe lokomaika`i i nele i ke pan`i - No kind deed has ever lacked its reward. An opportunity to help another is a gift.

Each year Sony Open tournament proceeds, together with support from The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc. enable Friends of Hawaii Charities to contribute $1 million to local charities, More than $15 million has been donated over the past 18 years. This would not have been possible without Sony Open's dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly in areas such as Admissions, Pro Transportation, Gallery Control/Marshals, ShotLink, Parking, Ropes & Stakes and elsewhere at the event to help produce the prestigious PGA TOUR event.  Mahalo nui loa to 1,700 MVP volunteers whose support has produced a very exciting and successful Sony Open in Hawaii! 

Descriptions of some of our key volunteer committees:

Admissions & Will Call: Bag check, ticket sales and credential verification at tournament entrances. Serve in the distribution center for credentials and passes left for guests of players, officials, sponsors and media. Distribute programs, pairing sheets and other tournament materials at entrance gates and provide general information to spectators. 

Caddies: Caddie for amateur players during amateur practice on Sunday, the Sony Dream Cup Pro-Am on Monday, the Official Pro-Am on Wednesday and a Sony private outing on the Monday following the tournament. Previous caddie experience is preferred, but not required. Volunteers must be familiar with the rules of golf and be able to carry a bag for 18 holes.

Gallery Control/Marshals: Marshals are stationed throughout the course to ensure fair play among all participants and the safety of spectators. Marshals enforce golf etiquette and control spectator noise and traffic.  Marshals assist with the enforcement of the PGA TOUR's Mobile Device Policy and the prevention of unauthorized photography.  Marshals are stationed on each tee and green, landing areas, player crossovers, and spectator crosswalks.  Must be knowledgeable about golf etiquette, be able to walk to and from hole assignements, have adequate vision and hearing, and be able to stand for extended periods of time.  Committee specific training is provided prior to the event. 

Parking: Parking volunteers assist with parking for volunteers, caddies, sponsors, VIPs, and the general public.  They operate and control proper access and flow to all parking areas, help with traffic control and facilitate loading passenger shuttles. They also assist with informing spectators of PGA TOUR prohibited items list, check parking passes and credentials, and direct guests to appropriate parking lots.  May require periods of standing and outdoor elements.  

Pro Transportation: Provide shuttle transportation for the players and families before, during and after the tournament, primarily to and from Waikiki and Waialae Country Club. Drivers must be at least 21 years old with a current driver's license in good standing.  

Rope & Stakes:
To stake and rope the golf course and all auxiliary areas as required with the objective to maximize spectator viewing areas while ensuring player safety and leaving ample room for errant shots.  Committee installs rope and stakes before the tournament, maintains rope lines throughout the tournament, and removes rope and stakes following the tournament.  Must be willing to perform physical labor as this committee requires significant lifting and pounding. 

SHOTLink: No experience necessary! Assist at stations on every hole in the fairway and at the green to track the location of each player's ball using a laser sighting device. Easy to follow instructions will be provided. The information collected is used by the PGA TOUR, television, plus local and worldwide media. Committee specific training will be provided prior to the event.  

Standard Bearers: Standard Bearers are responsibile for carrying a standard (displaying the names and scores for each professional in their group) on the course for an entire round.  Physically demanding; volunteers must be able to walk 18 holes and carry a standard (at least 5-6 pounds) for an entire round.  Must be knowledgeable in golf etiquette.  

Volunteer Pool: Variety is the spice of life!  If you would like to experience volunteering in different areas each day, the Volunteer Pool is for you.