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April/May 2013

In the Loop U.S. Women’s Amateur News The Country Club of Charleston is honored to be hosting the 113th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship Aug. 5-11, 2013

Message from the Chairs In less than 100 days we will be welcoming the USGA and the competitors of the 113 th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship to our club and community. So many of you have contributed numerous hours in helping to prepare for their arrival. The corporate community has also been supportive, but more telling is how strongly our club membership has responded to providing their personal resources of time, talents and financial contributions. I cannot thank you enough! The first week of April was a very important one for our championship operations. USGA and Golf Channel staff were on site for their Spring Survey. We conducted a full review of our Course Evacuation plan, which is one of the most scrutinized components of our overall operations. Please extend a heartfelt thanks to Lon Burris, and in particular, Ben Legare, for taking on this Herculean task. I know Ben would greatly appreciate your support by volunteering to serve as an EVAC van driver during the practice days on August 2-4, and championship days, August 5-11. Golf Channel staff conducted a course review and television production meeting, which went extremely well. The firsttime coverage of a golf course is very special to them and every hole and vista will be covered during the five championship match-play days. Their main telecast booth will be located to the right of #11 fairway, since they agree this is a signature hole to be featured. It also gives them a great view to #18 and the clubhouse. One of the next signs of activity will be the installation of the Championship Office and Command Center trailer in midMay on the lawn near the tennis courts. This area will serve as our hub of operations, with the Tennis Center used as Volunteer Headquarters from August 2-11. We want to thank David Schools and the wonderful people at Newton Farms catering, a division of Piggly Wiggly, for agreeing to provide volunteer hospitality, including breakfast and lunch daily. They will also help us manage on-course concessions and serve as an extension of our clubhouse operations. We owe a great deal to the wonderful people of Piggly Wiggly for their generous support in helping us host the USGA!


Frank Ford III General Co-Chair

The USGA Flag has arrived!

Welcome Newton Farms! Newton Farms will provide volunteer hospitality catering and management of on-course concessions for the championship.

Junior Golf Day presented by the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship Sunday, June 23rd Come watch Dennis Walters, golf trick shot artist. Dennis Walters travels the country promoting the game of golf while putting his own twist on the game he loves. For those who do not know his story, Dennis was aspiring to play on the PGA Tour, when in 1977 he was in an accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. With the help of a custom designed golf cart, Dennis is now able to perform numerous trick shots, which he prefers to call shots from unusual lies that are nothing short of astonishing. Along with trick shots, Walters’ best friend and “super dog,” Bucky will accompany Dennis and answer questions by barking out the answers.

Newton Farms, a division of Piggly Wiggly, provides off-premise catering featuring natural, organic and general grocery items. They offer gourmet prepared food, quality local seafood, made-fromscratch bakery items and hand-packed meat and poultry. They also offer Starbuck coffees, and have offered to provide it daily in the Volunteer Hospitality headquarters. Volunteer Headquarters will be located at the Tennis Center, open Friday, August 2, through Sunday, August 11. Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served daily, as well as snacks and beverages to on-duty volunteers.

Dennis has performed over 3,000 times in all fifty states, Mexico, and Canada. For more information on The Dennis Walters Show go to Schedule of Events: 1:30-Registration 2:00-3:00-Dennis Walters Show (at the driving range) 3:00-4:00-Hands on activities (driving range/short game area) Hands on activities include hitting drivers and irons on the range and chipping and putting at the short game area with direction from First Tee instructors. Juniors will love some of the props and equipment used at these stations. So come join us for an afternoon of entertainment and lessons on life and the game of golf. For more information please contact Claudia Budds or Anne Burris, Co-Chairs. Attendance is limited and accepted first-come, first-served. Participation in the hands-on clinics is reserved for juniors ages six to 14 years, with at least one adult or guardian in attendance. Please RSVP to: Andrew Lamie (843) 480-3440 Championship Manager

“Signed posters are available in the golf shop for $20. All proceeds benefit championship operations to host the USGA.”

Logistics Division Transportation - Course Evacuation - Parking - Security - Disabled Services - Medical One of the first committees to organize for the championship was Logistics led by Lon Burris. This group is tasked with setting up transportation for players, USGA officials, media, volunteers, club staff, and the general public. This includes a hotel shuttle that will run between the club and Marriott Hotel on Lockwood Boulevard, and a shuttle from the main off-site parking lot at the corner of Albemarle and Folly Roads. Additionally, parking, security, and medical services are overseen by the committee. The great news is that our official medical provider is Roper St. Francis Healthcare, the same talented crew who provided medical services for the PGA Championship. The City of Charleston police department has been involved in our planning throughout, and off-duty police officers will provide traffic control and security onsite during the championship and in the surrounding neighborhoods of Country Club I and II. Another important aspect of our operations is disabled services, which lends out scooters to spectators who need extra help getting around the golf course, many of whom are parents and grandparents of competitors. Course Evacuation - The USGA takes the safety of the participants very seriously and sets strict guidelines on how we are to conduct course evacuation. Thanks to Ben Legare’s efforts and organization, we have received approval by the USGA for our course evacuation plan. Five EVAC sites will be located on the back side of the golf course with 15-passenger vans stationed at each site, which will either stay in position until inclement weather passes or be driven to the clubhouse under a full evacuation. What is now needed are volunteers to serve as Course Evacuation van drivers! During championship play a number of marshals and forecaddies will also serve as course EVAC van drivers, but we also need drivers during the practice rounds held the weekend prior. Please take the time to consider helping as a Course EVAC van driver and sign up today. If you have any questions, please contact Ben Legare at (843) 364-5534. Thank you for the efforts of this fantastic group of volunteer leaders! Lon Burris, Division Chair, Logistics, with the following committees reporting: Ben Legare, Course Evacuation Rod Moseley, Courtesy Cars Weezie Deveaux, Disabled Services Jerry Flury, Medical Services Hugh Davis, Parking Doug Horne, Security Howard Chapman, Shuttles Gary Nestler, Planning Support Jay Boccobella, Radio Communications

Sign up today to be a Course EVAC van driver! You will be working with a team of up to 20 volunteer drivers to safely transport players, caddies, and officials off the golf course when an evacuation is called by the USGA. A portion of the marshal and forecaddie positions also serve as EVAC drivers (indicated on the shift schedule at sign -up). Must be 25 years of age or older.

Ben Legare gives a Course EVAC update.

Member volunteers are still needed to host players during the 113th U.S. Women’s Amateur in August. We will need to house around 40 players (and in some cases a guest)...Please consider being a part of this historic event by welcoming a player into your home. If you are interested please go to the volunteer page and sign up at and click on the volunteer tab. If you have additional questions or need more information please contact Noula Cumins (843) 469-6590 or Claire Sahn (843) 670-3471

“Golf Channel Site Survey” Andrew Lamie (Championship Manager), Hart Brown, Frank Ford, and Cordes Ford.

There’s still time to volunteer!!

Player Services Barbara Christie and Rita Eiserhardt, Co-Chairs Locker Room and Lounge Player Housing Player Registration Host Families Volunteers

Volunteer Services Committee Steve Beim (Director), and Keith Hirshland (Producer) from the Golf Channel.

113 CLUB It is not too late to join the 113 Club and be included on our supporter board for the Championship! A $1,000 contribution includes two Welcome Party tickets, five memberguest golf rounds, and access to Supporter Hospitality. Deadline is May 31. Respond to Stephanie Atkinson at or call 830-5496.

Pat Garrigan and Charlie Swanson, Co-Chairs Marshals and Forecaddies Walking Scorers Standard Bearers For more information or to sign up please visit And click on the volunteer tab

In The Loop - April/May 2013