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Feb 19, 2018 4:47 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Various Volunteer Positions Still Available For 2018 U.S. Open

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club will host the 2018 U.S. Open in June.
Feb 20, 2018 9:17 AM

With nearly three months to go until the men’s U.S. Open Championship at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton kicks off in June, organizers are still looking to fill volunteer and paid positions to ensure the tournament goes off without a hitch.

When the tournament was first announced, organizers said there were a total of 5,000 volunteer positions to be filled, and today, many of the jobs have been filled with the exception of security and parking positions.

According to Jeff Altstadter, the director of open championship public relationships with the United States Golf Association, recruitment for parking and private security positions has not started, but along with those positions, there are still a number of other volunteer positions available.

Mr. Altstadter said anyone interested in applying for a volunteer position can go to usopen.com, where they can find a link to volunteer.

The U.S. Open website notes all volunteers are required to pay $175 for the volunteer package, which comes with two golf shirts, a wind jacket and a hat—all provided by Ralph Lauren. Also in exchange for the $175, volunteers are required to work a minimum of four five-to-six-hour shifts, leaving them with credentials to attend the championship on the days they do not work. Ticket prices for the event range from $60 to $575 per day, or $500 to $2,400 for the week, so the cost of volunteering will save fans a little bit of money off the weekly price in exchange for a little work.

Catering companies, like the Bethesda, Maryland-based Ridgewells, are also hiring for week-long positions at the U.S. Open. Ridgewells’ website, ridgewells.com, lists a number of event staff positions such as food servers, chefs, managers and helpers who can assist with the heavy lifting that takes place daily during the week-long tournament.

Ron Fisher, who previously served as president of the Flanders, Riverside, and Northampton Community Association, or FRNCA, said he passed along information about the Ridgewells positions to the Flanders and Riverside communities. The jobs, he said, could benefit high school students, college students and anyone else who wants to go to the tournament but cannot afford a ticket. Mr. Fisher added that anyone who works a part-time job and is looking for a few extra hours in a different field could also benefit from one of the open catering positions.

“The U.S. Open is an enormous boom to the local economy and I’d love as many locals as possible to have the opportunity to benefit from it,” Mr. Fisher said in an email on Monday.

Charlie Howe, the USGA Director for the 2018 U.S. Open Championship, said there is a sense of civic pride that comes from volunteers who get excited when one of the biggest events in the world is in their own backyard.

“The U.S. Open is a special event and all the volunteers fill vital roles throughout the week,” Mr. Howe said. “We appreciate everyone that gives their time in supporting this wonderful game and the work they do to make it an exemplary championship.”

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