TPT Meets the Ambassadors for OHL Classic at Mayakoba
Three volunteers talk about their enjoyment and experiences of taking part in the annual prestigious golf tournament
For the last eight years, OHL Classic at Mayakoba has been hosting the prestigious PGA tour, with golfers such as Charley Hoffman gracing the course. More than 600 volunteers, known as Ambassadors, take part each year; we spoke to three to find out what’s the tee.
How long have you been an Ambassador, and what sparked your interest?
I have been doing the tournament for four years. I applied online and was given an interview. In Canada, I used to volunteer at various tournaments, I was eager to continue to give back in Playa del Carmen, where I now live permanently since 2011.
I think through friends. It was a chance to meet new people.
A close friend invited me. Last year was my first time. I had volunteered for “Golf FORe All” and it is something I enjoy doing; I also play golf and I love it.
What were your responsibilities during the tournament? What are the requirements for becoming an Ambassador?
I handle the registration of Ambassadors, providing them with food and drinks and answering their questions. I am also in regular contact with each hole captain ensuring they have everything they need. Besides fulfilling your assignment all you really need is a positive attitude and lots of energy.
I started as a marshall, but now I am a co-captain of the shuttle drivers. I start a few weeks before the tournament, contacting the volunteer drivers. During the tournament, I make sure there are enough carts and that they are charged. As an Ambassador, you just need to be reliable.
I coordinated the standard bearers who walk along the walking scorers, we started at 5 a.m. and sometimes finished at 7 p.m. but I didn’t really feel it was that long because
I enjoyed it a lot. The requirements needed depend on where you participate. It is work but it is so much fun and it is something completely different from the daily routine,
What are your highlights?
Marie: The highlight is seeing the pride in those that support this great tournament. It is very rewarding.
Seeing the players and how the tournament comes together through
the coordination of everyone.
Following the champion Charley Hoffman, just being there in the field with him was amazing.
For the full interview, visit www. theplayatimes.com/category/sports.
For more information about being an OHL Classic at Mayakoba
Ambassador, please email Javier Campero at firstname.lastname@example.org or Melina Diaz at melina.