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

The Playa Times Riviera Maya's English Newspaper - - Sports - BY BEATRIZ LU­CAS

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?

Marie Gin­gras:

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.

Cindy Auburgh:

I think through friends. It was a chance to meet new peo­ple.

Aurora Reyes:

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?

Marie:

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.

Cindy:

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

Aurora:

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

Cindy:

the co­or­di­na­tion of ev­ery­one.

Fol­low­ing the cham­pion Charley Hoff­man, just be­ing there in the field with him was amaz­ing.

Aurora:

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 javier.cam­pero@ohlclas­sic.com or Melina Diaz at melina.

diaz@ohlclas­sic.com.

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