Vol 4 July 2008
Tournament Staff

Mac Everett
General Chairman

Kym Hougham
Executive Director

Jan Ivey
Director of Marketing and Sponsor Relations

Tony Schuster
Director of Operations

Gwen Mahler
Tournament Coordinator

Paula Burnett
Volunteer Coordinator

Christine Lockett
Tournament Project Manager

James Stevens
Tournament Assistant

A Championship of Giving

The Wachovia Championship’s success continues to grow on the course, just as importantly it is growing off the course. Since its inauguration in 2003, the Championship has raised more than $9.4 million for charity, with more than $6 million donated to Teach For America since our inception. The majority of the proceeds from the Championship will continue to benefit Teach For America, a national corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity.

While Teach For America remains a worthy charity for the Championship, there are also many local charities and community groups that benefit from the tournament. The Championship has been fortunate to have local community groups come out and provide support in various capacities. The relationship turns into a mutually beneficial situation for both the community groups and the Wachovia Championship. Many groups help each year in areas ranging from concession stands to ecology management around the course.

One of the dedicated community groups that have been helping out since the tournament’s inception has been appropriately nicknamed by Executive Director Kym Hougham as the “Divot Bombers.” The “Divot Bombers” are actually Boy Scout Troop 79 which meets at Carmel Presbyterian Church. Their task is simple but extremely important to the tournament and its operations: they fill the divots on the course made by the players. They start a week before the tournament by setting out one afternoon and filling any divots before the players begin playing the course the following week. During tournament week, the “bombers” are out on the course each day from Monday to Thursday following practice and Pro-Am play and making sure the divots are filled and the course is in top shape.

The Troop is split into two groups on the week of the Championship with one taking care of the front 9 holes and the other group roaming the back 9 holes. The Troop has developed their service into an art-form. This is a process that includes tight scheduling, the correct mechanical process of filling the divots and the etiquette of following the players. The reason that the bombers do this is also simple: Pure Community Service. Members of the Troop can use these service hours towards participation in their individual school’s Honor Societies or as service hours towards rank advancement within the Troop.

James Todd, one of the leaders of Troop 79, states, “We take a great deal of pride in this every year. Our participants really look forward to it!” He finishes with saying, “This is a great experience for us and allows our group to have a good insight into all the hard work that goes into this event and the reward of a phenomenal outcome the Championship receives year in and year out.”

The Wachovia Championship has not only proven to bring great golf to Charlotte over the years but has also helped to bring the community together. With over 70% of ticket patrons being from the Charlotte area, it remains important to the Championship to not only give back to the community but also work hand-in-hand to continually make this tournament one of the best on the TOUR.