Dunrobin’s PGA Americas tournament seeking volunteers

By Jake Davies - West Carleton Online

DUNROBIN – The Commissionaires Ottawa Open is getting ready to return to Eagle Creek Golf Club this summer and is still looking for volunteers to help run Ottawa’s biggest golf tournament this summer.

After last year’s tournament success, the Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour Americas is getting ready to host year two of the tournament from July 25 to July 28 featuring some of North America’s best young golfers.

A golf player in his follow through.
Dunrobin’s Jake Bryson tees off at the Commissionaires Ottawa Open last year as the young professional golfer plays a PGA Tour Canada event at his home course Eagle Creek. Photo by Jake Davies

The tournament is part of the Fortinet Cup series and gives young golfers an opportunity to eventually get their PGA Tour members’ card.

This summer will be year two of a three-year deal between PGA Tour Americas and Eagle Creek, with the PGA announcing the partnership following Vancouver’s Stuart MacDonald win in year one.

As organizers get ready for year two, they are still looking to add more volunteers to their roster (last year the tournament had more than 300 volunteers).

“We are still looking for volunteers,” Commissionaires Ottawa Open organizers released in a statement yesterday (April 29). “We have space available in operations, setup/takedown, parking, scoring, volunteer services and more. The volunteer component is of upmost importance to the tournament and really puts the wheels in motion to deliver success for the players, sponsors, spectators and most importantly our contribution to Soldier On.”

All volunteers do receive a complimentary round at Eagle Creek, volunteer golf shirt, hat, access to the tournament at any time, meals, snacks and water among many other great goodies. There is a $95 fee for volunteers. The majority of the volunteer fee goes directly to Soldier On as well. 

There are a few special opportunities to volunteer to support the event and Soldier On.

  • Soldier On Shootout (runs multiple days in May and June at various courses to raise funds for Soldier On and you could do one day running a contest or multiple to really help out. More information will be provided once you reply. 
  • Take down. Any current volunteers or non-volunteers. Organizers are looking for help on the Monday after the event, July 29 to help take down. 
  • Monday Qualifier. The tournament will have up to 156 players competing for spots into the main event on July 22 at Marshes. We are looking for people to help shuttle players between the long stretches of holes and also help spot for balls to keep up the pace. 

“Thanks for considering and we look forward to hearing from you,” organizers said.

If you would like more information, or to volunteer, click here.

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