ShotLink Volunteers needed at the 2021 Sony Open in Hawaii

Volunteers for the ShotLink Committee at the 2021 Sony Open in Hawaii are needed.  Each volunteer that works at least two full days will be given a volunteer uniform (shirt and hat), meals and beverages while on duty, and parking with shuttle service.   It would be ideal if the volunteer can work all four rounds Thu-Sun (January 14 – 17, 2021) with hands on practice during the Official Pro-Am on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

ShotLink Committee Description

No experience necessary!  Volunteers who perform these functions enjoy a unique inside-the-ropes experience. Using ShotLink, a state-of-the-art system for collecting and distributing real-time scoring and statistical data, walking scorers accompany a group of players to keep their scores and record data that is relayed in real time to scoreboards, network broadcasts and digital platforms around the world.  Similarly, laser and tablet operators are stationed on the fairway or green to capture ball position and enable real-time distance data and statistics.  These exciting volunteer positions are essential to the success of the tournament and put volunteers right where the action is!  ShotLink volunteers will be assigned to the same location for all four days in order to collect accurate and consistent data with basic point and shoot rangefinder laser equipment.  Committee specific training will be provided prior to the event.

ShotLink Roles

ShotLink Location Based Operators 

1. Laser Operators 

The Laser Operator role is responsible for using a laser rangefinder to track the landing position of shots on and around the fairway.  This important function of the ShotLink scoring system enables real-time distance data and statistics to be delivered to scoreboards, TV broadcast, internet and mobile device applications.  It requires a basic knowledge of the game of golf, as well as a commitment to timeliness, accuracy, and attention to detail.  Laser operators are stationed on a fairway and should be physically able to stand at their laser position for the duration of their shift in potentially varied weather conditions.  Laser operators should be comfortable with technology and focused on capturing data in a timely but accurate manner.  Laser operators are required to complete approximately one hour of online training, an in-person training session the weekend prior to the tournament, on-course training on Tuesday or Wednesday of tournament week and should be available to work a shift for at least two tournament days. 

2. ShotLink Tablet Operators 

The Tablet Operator role is divided into 3 specific roles: Fairway Quick Tablet Operator; Greenside Quick Tablet Operator and Greenside Camera Tablet Operator.  Each position is responsible for using a handheld tablet device to plot the ending position of shots.  This important function of the ShotLink scoring system enables real-time distance data and statistics to be delivered to scoreboards, TV broadcast, internet and mobile device applications.  It requires a basic knowledge of the game of golf, as well as a commitment to timeliness, accuracy, and attention to detail. Tablet operators are expected to be mobile and walk around the green as necessary to gain accurate insight into ball location.  Tablet operators should be physically \capable of standing/walking for the duration of their shift in a variety of weather conditions.  A one-hour online training course and an additional one-hour in-person training session prior to tournament week are required.  Tablet Operators are also encouraged to attend on-course training on Tuesday or Wednesday of tournament week and should be available to work for at least two tournament days.

Register to volunteer here: https://events.r2it.com/volunteer/sony/2021

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