Lending a helping hand

TODD SAELHOF, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

Quiet, please.

If we've got your attention, then maybe the 2009 CN Canadian Women's Open can use your help.

The LPGA Tour needs about 100 able bodies to round out a volunteer crew for the Calgary-hosted golf tournament, Sept. 3-6 at Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club.

"The biggest area where we need volunteers is in marshalling," said Priddis Greens GM Ron Hood. "At each hole, as the ladies take shots, we need people holding up 'quiet' signs. Each hole needs a number of marshalls.

"It's a great opportunity to see the play, because they'll be inside the ropes and see the top lady golfers up close," Hood continued. "But they've got to be able to be on their feet for a number of hours."

Hood adds the event committee is also looking for volunteers to help with security and spectator services -- the latter to help direct people around the course.

All totalled, the committee believes it can run a successful event with the help of 1,400 volunteers. To this point, 1,300 people have signed up.

"You don't want to be in a situation where you run short or have people do double-duty," Hood said. "We can't do it without the volunteers."

Some 300 members of Priddis Greens are among the vounteer corps, while other helping hands are coming from across the province.

"Ten years ago, when we hosted the du Maurier Open, we had enough volunteers and it went very smooth," Hood said. "There's not a whole lot of reinventing the wheel here, especially with the RCGA because their people are such a font of knowledge. We have a footprint from hosting the previous event, and the RCGA is just coming in and fine-tuning it.

"We have a bunch of people volunteering this year from 10 years ago when we hosted and from two years ago when the CN Canadian Women's Open was in Edmonton," Hood continued. "They enjoyed the experience, so it'll be great to have them here. It always helps when you have people who've done this before sprinkled in with people who haven't done it before."

The perks include having access to the tournament throughout the week and a ticket to the volunteer party.

"Without those guys, we wouldn't be able to host the event," Hood added.


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