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Presidents Cup Volunteers Give Time, Money To Ensure Tournament’s Success

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UPDATED: Friday October 4, 2013 5:41 PM

There's a group of people manning the leaderboards, controlling the crowds and shuttling players at the Presidents Cup, and they're not just volunteering, they're actually paying for the opportunity to do it.

They are wearing blue shirts and are prepared to help.

They're Presidents Cup volunteers, and among them, Lars Lindstammer.

He traveled all the way from Sweden to be part of the Cup.  

“I saw on the Internet they were looking for volunteers for the Presidents Cup, and I sent an email and asked, ‘Is it OK, me coming from Sweden. Is it OK for me to be there?’”

The answer was yes.

Now Lars is responsible for making sure spectators stay off their phones.

Veteran volunteer Bernie Miesse has a different job.

“We actually take a shot of the ball, where they land and also on the green. And every shot is mapped so they can use it for statistics and also people can see who has the longest drives, longest puts,” Miesse said.

Volunteer Coordinator Angie Fallon said the tournament wouldn’t happen without volunteers.

“These volunteers make up the core staff,” she said.

Fallon said all 1,500 volunteers are required to work 24 hours.

That leaves volunteers, like Lars Lindstammer, free time to watch the game they love.

The volunteers aren't only asked to give of their time; they must also give of their money.

It costs $100 to volunteer. That gets each volunteer a jacket, shirt and visor, lunch while they work and two, week-long tournament tickets.

Officials said that because all of the money from the tournament goes to charity, volunteers are required to offset the cost of their expenses.

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