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 Crow
Tournament Coordinator

Paula Burnett
Volunteer Coordinator

Christine Lockett
Tournament Project Manager

James Stevens
Tournament Assistant

 

Charles Cassady
Transportation Committee

In this month’s Volunteer Circle, we are featuring Charles Cassady of the Transportation Committee. Charles has volunteered for the tournament since its inception. He is noted by his co-chairs as a very dedicated volunteer. We appreciate all the hours Charles has volunteered for this event.

Charles, where are you from and how many years have you volunteered with the Wachovia Championship?
I am originally from Camden, S.C. but have lived in Charlotte since 1948. I have worked ALL 6 previous tournaments starting in 2003.

What characteristics about this tournament have brought you to volunteer?
Initially it was not the characteristics of the tournament but instead a great and persistent volunteer named Isabel Johnston. I know her from working prior tournaments here in Charlotte. I had worked in different capacities in every PGA TOUR event in Charlotte starting with the Kemper Open. I thought it was time to hang it up but Isabel was so persistent that I decided to try it again! I must say that this is the best run tournament that I have ever seen or been associated with. Every person that has a hand in putting the tournament together has always been professional and courteous.

What committee are you volunteering with? Can you explain your daily duties?
I am a volunteer with the Transportation Committee. Most of this committee’s personnel are at a staging area in one of the parking lots at the airport with the vehicles that will be assigned to the golf professionals and PGA TOUR officials. Our crew is stationed in a booth inside the airport across from the arriving baggage area. Our daily duties are to welcome the golf pros, PGA TOUR officials, and the families of the players as they arrive. We then find out which size vehicle they will need for the week and the volunteers at the staging area bring over the appropriate vehicle for the appropriate pro to the gate. After turning the vehicle over to the player we then give them directions and send them on their way.

What is your greatest memory from volunteering at the Championship?
My greatest memory is the personal contact with the pros. Most of them are very personable and down to earth. This past year when I asked Boo Weekly what type of vehicle he would prefer, his response was “Well, do you have any with round wheels on it?” Very “Boo” like and we got a good laugh out of that.

What would be your advice to people thinking of volunteering in the future?
Be prepared to commit yourself fully to the job you are assigned and do it to the best of your ability.

Any other experiences you would like to share about the transportation committee?
I want to mention that our whole group from our Committee Chairman to all the other members are some of the best volunteers I have worked with and are a big reason I keep coming back each year. We work as a close knit team and because of that our jobs run smooth even if we get 7 or 8 pros to show up to the booth at the same time.