Vol 10 February 2010
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

Volunteer Circle

Tom Sidey

Co-Chair - Information Services
7th Year Volunteer

Tom Sidey was selected from the Volunteer Wait List in March of 2004 Quail Hollow Championship and has been a volunteer for seven years. Tom is a dedicated individual that loves to give back to the community. Not only does he volunteer at the tournament but in his spare time he volunteers at a local hospice center and River Hills Church.

Recently we sat down with Tom and asked him to share his insight on a few topics.

Where are you from?
I was born and grew up in Upstate New York- Fredonia, NY, and moved to Charlotte in 1995 with my wife Margery

What attracted you to volunteer for the Quail Hollow Championship?
At an early age I was fascinated with the golf game and enjoyed getting out on the course. When the opportunity came to volunteer for Quail Hollow, I went straight to the website and checked out the volunteer information.

The variety of opportunities for volunteers was appealing. Then once you get involved it is rewarding to make friends and be part of a group that is from all walks of life. It is so positive because the group as a whole has a great desire to promote such a grand tournament for the City of Charlotte. Our committee, Information Services, has a multitude of tasks that connect us with the patrons and it is a very rewarding experience.

What is your greatest memory from volunteering at the tournament?
There was one time where a group of children were standing with some memorabilia. As Phil Mickleson walked by I asked him if he minded autographing a number of their souvenirs for them. Since the kids could not reach over the fence I assisted them with their souvenirs. Phil had the most gracious attitude when addressing the children.

What would be your advice to people thinking of volunteering in the future?
I have encouraged a number of folks to get involved in this once a year event. It is worth the time and effort to spend several days in such an atmosphere of dedicated golf enthusiasts, as well as the close contact to the world’s greatest golf professionals. It takes serious dedication to volunteer at this event, but the result is extremely rewarding.

Additional comments.
Looking back on my first experience seven years ago, I was privileged to work with Kim, P.J. and Leonard as my Co-Chairs and through their leadership, had the desire to continue in this volunteer role. I am a “people person” and enjoy the many contacts with fellow volunteers as well as the many attendees that thoroughly enjoy spending a day or two at Quail Hollow Club. It is a special and rare occasion to witness Charlotte’s greatest golf event. Last year, Tom Poe approached me and asked me to Co-Chair Information Services along with Jay Gentile. I accepted and found this to be a very fulfilling experience. The group of volunteers had the desire to make this the best golf event in the USA. And, we were so proud to hear that the tournament was named “Best in Class” for 2009 among all of the PGA TOUR events.