By Paula Toth, Communications Intern
Once Upon a Time
Volunteers are a huge aspect of the AJGA and help ensure our events run as smoothly as they can. This week, we had some help from the Mansour sisters, who all helped out each day during the event. The eldest sisters Catherine and Elizabeth came out during the final round to follow the leader girl groups as standard bearers. The youngest sister, Julia, lent a hand during the first round running scorecards. During the first round weather delay, 8-year-old Julia got an inside look at tournament headquarters and how much goes into the event behind the scenes. She even decided to give the communications interns a hand and help write a post-round story. We don’t know about you, but it just might be one of the best post-round stories we’ve read!
Thank You to The Baldwins
This year marks the first year that the Randy Wise Junior Open was held at the Flint Golf Club. This might not seem like a big deal at first, but the issue that may arise with new host facilities is a lack of member support. Fortunately for the AJGA staff, the Flint Golf Club and its members were beyond eager to help with the tournament this week. A large part of this support came from Cheri and Bill Baldwin, who helped coordinate many aspects of the tournament, including volunteers and snacks for the players in their very own players’ lounge. The Baldwins’ hard work and dedication to the tournament being a success is something that we could never thank them enough for! As a token of appreciation, the AJGA , on behalf of Tournament Sponsor Randy Wise and Tournament Chairman Dr. Howard Foote, presented them with a commemorative plaque to remember the event.
Goodbye to Team 2
This week marks the last event that AJGA intern team 2 will run this summer. Team 2 was primarily in the Midwest region and worked a total of 12 events ranging from Georgia to Michigan, even Canada! The Randy Wise Junior Open saw team members coming and going, as many of them left before the middle of the week, and saw members of other intern teams coming in to lend a hand. 6 members of Team 2 go back to college this fall to finish their degrees, including 1 member beginning work on their Masters degree, while the remaining members are off to the real world to put everything they learned through working with the AJGA to use! Best of luck to team 2 in all of the future endeavors!