More golf vol­un­teers needed

The Weekly Vista - - News - LYNN ATKINS latkins@nwadg.com

It was the vol­un­teers that made the first an­nual Cooper Com­mu­nity Char­ity Clas­sic so suc­cess­ful, Ruth Hatcher, the tour­na­ment’s vol­un­teer co­or­di­na­tor said. The pro golfers who came to play the High­lands course last sum­mer loved the at­ten­tion of dozens of vol­un­teers. Hatcher wants to make sure this year is just as suc­cess­ful.

It’s a tall or­der. There were more than 200 vol­un­teers last year. This year, Hatcher has signed up 150 so far.

There are sev­eral vol­un­teer jobs to choose from, but right now she needs more spot­ters. A spot­ter watches where each shot goes and helps the golfer find his ball quickly. The golfers don’t know the course which has nar­row fair­ways, so ex­tra help speeds up the pace of play, Hatcher ex­plained, and hav­ing them makes Bella Vista’s only pro tour­na­ment spe­cial.

The same vol­un­teers will prob­a­bly help with the Can­cer Chal­lenge a week later and then the LPGA tour­na­ment which comes to Rogers in late June, she said.

Most vol­un­teers work a four-hour shift, and she has sev­eral spots open on Wed­nes­day, June 6, and Thurs­day, June 7. Vol­un­teer forms are avail­able at any Bella Vista pro shop.

The fi­nal round of the tour­na­ment is Satur­day, June 9.

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