Updated 08/14/2012 04:06 PM
Volunteers keep Dick’s Open running smoothly
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BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -- As Senior Tour Professionals hit the links at En-Joie Golf Course this week, more than 1,400 volunteers will be pitching in to make sure everything runs smoothly.
From course marshals who make sure fans don't distract the golfers to litter patrol or even shuttling fans to and from the parking lot, organizers say volunteers are what makes the tournament possible.
Each year, a volunteer of the year is recognized. This year's honoree is David Baker. He volunteered for the first time in 1976.
Baker says the spirit of his fellow volunteers has kept him coming back for 37 years.
"It's the camaraderie. I mean we all work together very, very well. The staff, the folks here, all the committee heads, we've been doing this for a long, long time. The guy who is the head of transportation has been doing that for longer than I've been a marshal. We all know what to do and we all rely on each other to do the things that we're doing," Baker said.
The Dick's Open is holding a Pro-am on Wednesday and Thursday. Senior tour members then take to the course starting Friday.