Volunteers are needed for 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, the Friends of Hawaii Charities donates over $1 million to local charities, with more than $15 million total donated over the past 17 years. This would not have been possible without our dedicated, hard-working volunteers.  

All volunteers are provided with a volunteer uniform (shirt and cap/visor), meals and beverages during each shift, a volunteer tournament badge (good for week-long access), parking, an invitation to the volunteer appreciation party, an opportunity to play in a volunteer golf tournament.  

Some key volunteer committees that could use your help are as follows:

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.  (Volunteers needed Monday 1/11/16 - Sunday 1/17/16). 

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  (Volunteers needed Sunday 1/10/16, Monday 1/11/16, Wednesday 1/13/16 and Monday 1/18/16).

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 in 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 will be provided prior to the event.  (Volunteers needed Monday 1/11/16 - Sunday 1/17/16; three full days required). 

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.  (Volunteers needed Sunday 1/10/16 - Sunday 1/17/16). 

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.  (Volunteers needed Sunday 1/10/16 - Sunday 1/17/16). 

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. (Volunteers needed Saturday 1/9/16 and Sunday 1/17/16).

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.  (Volunteers needed Thursday 1/14/16 - Sunday 1/17/16, plus hands-on practice Wednesday 1/13/16). 

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.  (Volunteers needed Wednesday 1/13/16 - Sunday 1/17/16). 

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.  (Volunteers needed Monday 1/11/16 - Sunday 1/17/16). 


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