2021 Volunteer Committee Descriptions
There are many different volunteer positions available for people of all ages. The committee descriptions will help you to determine the area in which you would like to volunteer. Please note that some committees require training prior to the tournament. When volunteer committees are assigned, priority is given to returning volunteers and then on the basis of when online registration was received. We will do our best to place you in your first choice committee, but this is not always possible.
In order to receive the complimentary round of golf at TPC Louisiana, each Volunteer must work the equivalent of two (2) full days (8-12 hours each day) or four (4) half days (4-6 hours each day). Hours depend on committee assignment. Full day shifts are preferred.
ShotLink Location Based Operators: These 3 important functions 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.
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. 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 on Saturday, April 17, 2021, and on-course training on Wednesday of tournament week.
2. Tablet Operator: 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. 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 fit, 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 required to complete approximately one hour of online training, an in-person training session on Saturday, April 17, 2021, and on-course training on Wednesday of tournament week.
3. Spotter: The Spotter positions assist the fairway operators with locating ball positions and identifying situations where the player’s shot may be obstructed. This position requires a basic knowledge of the game of golf, as well as a commitment to timeliness, accuracy, and attention to detail. Spotters are expected to be mobile and walk as necessary to locate shots in their designated area (normally 1 side of a golf hole). Spotters should be physically fit and capable of standing/walking for the duration of their shift in a variety of weather conditions. On-course training on Wednesday of tournament week is also available (Confirm with Chairperson). The ShotLink Advance staff will provide orientation for this role on-site in conjunction with the committee chairperson.
On-Course Marshal (Holes 1-18): Marshals provide assistance with crowd and noise control at all tee boxes, greens, and fairways, as well as heavily trafficked areas and player crossings on-course.
Driving Range Marshal: Driving Range Marshals provide assistance with crowd control at all practice areas including driving range, practice greens and player crossing areas around the Clubhouse. Driving Range Marshals will be accepted and scheduled with first priority to returning volunteers. Due to On-Course Marshal shortage, once the Driving Range Marshal committee is filled registered volunteers will be assigned On-Course Marshal duty.
Player Transportation: This committee will assist the PGA TOUR Players and their families to and from TPC Louisiana using courtesy vehicles. Volunteers must be 25 years of age with a good driving record and a valid driver’s license. During registration you will be asked to enter your driver’s license number; driving records will be checked. Volunteers must be very knowledgeable of the route to and from the golf course as well as downtown New Orleans. Additional help is needed Friday, Saturday and Sunday before tournament week, however, these days will not count as shift worked for the round of golf. Shifts are determined by Player Transportation Captain based on Player’s schedules.
Scoring Trailer: This committee assists the PGA TOUR Staff at the scoring area located at #9 green. AM shift is from 6:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and the PM shift is from 12:00 p.m. – end of play (roughly 6:30 p.m.)
Standard Bearer: This committee will walk 18-holes inside the ropes and must be able to carry an aluminum sign (includes a harness for easy carrying access) to post the Player’s score summary. Training will be provided before first shift and knowledge of golf scoring is necessary. Shifts are based on tee times. One 18-hole shift is considered a full day. Preferred weekend tee times are scheduled based on seniority.
Walking Scorer: The Walking Scorer role is a prestigious and critical ShotLink volunteer position that requires mental and physical stamina, attention to detail, and a thorough understanding of the game of golf. The Walking Scorer accompanies a group of up to 4 players in order to keep their score, track specific statistics, and provide real-time data capture that informs all aspects of the ShotLink system. Walking scorers should have the physical ability to easily keep pace with their group across all 18 holes without a break and in varying weather conditions. They should be comfortable using a handheld digital device to record each shot, as well as the voice radio with a headset that allows for constant communication with the ShotLink staff. Walking Scorer volunteers are required to complete a 1- hour online training course, a 1-hour in-person training on Saturday, April 17, 2021, and should be available for the Wednesday pro-am and at least two additional tournament days. Preferred weekend tee times are scheduled based on seniority.