Thousands of volunteers help run PGA Championship

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KOHLER, Wis. (WFRV) — 3,400 volunteers spend the week at the PGA Championship doing a variety of jobs:  holding scoreboards, creating leaderboards, being marshals, and working in the merchandise tent to name a few.

“It’s nice to see a different side of things to see what happens to put on a golf tournament,” volunteer services volunteer Lenore Geisthardt said. 

Geisthardt went to the PGA Championship in 2010 as a spectator, and thought it would be fun to volunteer the next time the tournament came to Whistling Straits.

“(When I signed up) I thought ‘I’m retired now, I can do that’,” she said.

Geisthardt signed up over a year before tournament.  She said the PGA of America assigns people to different volunteer areas.  Some people volunteer for a day, others are on the course for the whole week. Geisthardt was scheduled to work two days:  the opening round and the Thursday before the tournament to pass out uniforms.

“I’m amazed by how many people it takes to put this on,” Geisthardt said.  “The tournament is run very well.” 

Volunteers came from 42 state and five countries, including Canada, to work during the tournament.

“It’s fun meeting other people and hearing about their jobs,” Geisthardt said.  “There’s people are from all over so it’s fun to talk to the them.”

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