Vol 16 July 2011

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

Henry Webb

Marshal Hole Captain - Hole #18
Years of Service - 5

Where are you from?

Well, technically I’m from a little coal mining town in eastern Pennsylvania. However, my parents moved to Charlotte when I was a year old. So truthfully, I consider myself a native Charlottean and always will! I married the most beautiful, compassionate person in the world, Kelly Haynes, in 1992, and since then we have made a wonderful family and have called Charlotte our permanent home.

What attracted you to volunteer for the Wells Fargo Championship?

I wanted to get involved with the tournament after attending for a few years, where I noticed that most of the Ambassadors looked like they were having a great time while enjoying their work. I’ve always been a “people person” and love being in the middle of things, making people happy. I figured I could do that with the Championship, and also leave a lasting impression on those whom I worked with and assisted.

You had a unique travel situation up until recently; tell us about your journey to the tournament.

In 2009, I received an offer to work for a pretty large software development company on the west coast. That meant uprooting my family and leaving everything I knew behind.

However, since I had made a commitment to being a Hole Captain at the Wells Fargo Championship, I had a very specific reason to come back home at least once per year. Flying back into Charlotte Douglas International Airport I was overwhelmed: Seeing all of the beautiful trees and clear Carolina blue skies, the buildings I knew so well, hearing the sounds of the Southern Charm I grew up with, and most importantly, seeing my family and spending quality time with the friends I have made over the years as a result of volunteering at the Championship. Kelly, my kids, and I missed Charlotte so much that we decided we couldn’t stand being away any longer, and so we re-relocated back home in August of 2011.

So technically, I believe that I own the unofficial record of “furthest travelled to work the tournament.”

What is your greatest memory from volunteering at the tournament?

There have been so many great, memorable moments that it is truly hard to pick from – the best golfers in the world right in front of you, 70 or so of your closest friends volunteering with you… Thinking about this, I would have to say that one distinct moment stands out:

Meeting and spending time with D.J. Gregory, an absolutely incredible man and an inspiration to me: D.J. was born with Cerebral Palsy, and walking is very difficult for him. He was determined to not let his handicap interfere with his life goals, so in 2008 he set out to walk the golf course at every single PGA TOUR event that year. He did it, and ended up walking a total of 988 miles over 3,256 holes – that would challenge the best non-handicapped person! Thank you D.J. for showing me what my Dad taught me when I was a kid – there is no such word as “can’t”! See http://www.pgatour.com/2008/r/dj.blog/

What would be your advice to people thinking of volunteering in the future?

DO IT! Don’t overthink it, if you are interested enough to have started seriously thinking about volunteering, you most definitely have that spark of passion already. You really don’t want to wake up one day later in life and realize “I really wish I would have volunteered”. Second, talk to someone – just about *any* Ambassador will take the time to talk to you about their experiences at the Wells Fargo Championship. If you can’t find anyone to talk to, find me – I’ll be working the area around the green on Hole 18 all week! Do be honest with yourself though, as there are time commitments that you will need to keep; not showing up when you are supposed to be there has an effect on the entire team.

Additional comments:

I can’t believe it’s already time for the 2012 WFC; it seems like we just finished with our 2011 Championship. With less than 40 days to go until the first tee off, I’m getting that edgy, excited feeling that comes this time each year and will be counting the days until it’s time for that first bus ride into Quail Hollow.