Volunteers encouraged to help at LPGA event
The opportunity to experience LPGA Tour golf from inside the ropes is one of the perks for marshals who volunteer for the Cambia Portland Classic.
Organizers are seeking volunteers to serve as marshals and in other roles during next week's tournament at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Northeast Portland, set for Aug. 29-Sept. 1.
Volunteer marshals help manage traffic flow and noise levels on the course during play, among other duties. Marshals will be trained and no experience is necessary.
More than 500 volunteers will handle tasks ranging from ticketing and admission to assisting players.
Tournament week begins on Monday, Aug. 26, with a pro-am round in the morning. Tuesday, Aug. 27, features practice rounds for the professionals. Wednesday, Aug. 28, is the official pro-am where tournament sponsors play alongside LPGA golfers.
The Cambia Portland Classic then kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 29, and continues through Sunday, Sept. 1. This year's even marks the 48th consecutive year the LPGA has staged a tournament in Portland, the longest continuous tournament on the non-major LPGA schedule.
Volunteers, including marshals, receive tournament access for two, preferred parking and access to a special dinner for volunteers.
Rick McCloskey, a member of the Tournament Golf Foundation board of directors, noted that the contributions of volunteers have allowed the Portland Classic to donate more than $18 million to charity over the years.
The tradition of volunteering at this tournament will be on display during Monday's qualifying round for select amateurs, which will earn the top two players a spot in the tournament. At least five of the players expected to play in the 18-hole qualifying round on Monday are past tournament volunteers, including former George Fox University golfers Kristin Elich, Whitney Jammerman, Sydney Maluenda and Hailey Ostrom, as well as Amanda Jacobs of Portland, who played college golf at Idaho. Other area college golfers, including Oregon State's Ellie Slama, are expected to play Monday's 18-hole qualifier.
To volunteer, or to learn more about opportunities at the tournament, visit portlandclassic.com or call 503-626-2711.
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