Volunteers asked to sign up for PGA's Barbasol Championship
Volunteers asked to sign up for PGA's Barbasol Championship
Lindy Oller | Reporter | Opelika-Auburn News |

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Hole No. 6 at Grand National along the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Opelika is the course's signature hole. 

Professional golfers and fans of golf are encouraged to register for one of the 1,100 volunteer spots still available for the third annual Barbasol Championship, a PGA Tour event that will be held July 20-23 at Opelika's Grand National Lake Course on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. 

Volunteers can choose from three different packages when they pay their registration fee. 

The military and non golf packages are $35 and include a Dri-Fit golf polo shirt, a Dri-Fit baseball cap, a credential that provides access to the tournament, a 'Good Any Day' ticket to give away to a relative or friend ($20.00), breakfast and lunch and a 15 percent off coupon for the tournament merchandise tent. The $50 package includes all of the benefits in the other packages and a voucher to play at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National, according to Selina Maddox, volunteer coordinator for the tournament. 

She said some of the area's volunteers would be needed for working the ShotLink scoring system or being a golf marshal, walking scorers and shuttling drivers. 

"We would like their support," Maddox said. 

A chairman will be needed for each of the 16 committees at the tournament. 

A majority of the volunteers will work Thursday through Sunday, according to Maddox. On Thursday and Friday, there is a morning shift that starts at 7 a.m. and an evening shift that ends at 6 p.m. There are also morning and evening shifts on Saturday and Sunday, but for on-course committees, there's just one shift on Saturday and Sunday. 

A group effort

Kate Larkin, alumni outreach coordinator at Auburn University, said she enjoys representing her hometown as a volunteer. 

"I really enjoy the interaction with the golfers, caddies and other volunteers," Larkin said. "The caddies and golfers come from all over the world and all walks of life, and they have such interesting stories and are so appreciative of the volunteers who help with the tournament."

Jill Robinson, membership director for the Opelika Chamber of Commerce, has been volunteering at the tournament as an assistant chair and a chairperson for the past two years. 

"I have liked volunteering with Barbasol for the last two years because I love supporting Opelika!" Robinson said. "People just don't realize how many volunteers and all the work that goes into organizing an event like this; the logistics are huge. (It) makes me so proud of our leadership that brought this event to our area and so proud to have been born and raised in this community!"

Pam Powers-Smith, director of the Opelika Chamber of Commerce, is part of a group of 13 ambassadors who are helping raise awareness about the tournament. 

"Opelika is so fortunate to be the host for a national PGA Tournament like Barbasol," Powers-Smith said. "I wanted to do my part to help the Barbasol team put together a top-notch athletic competition that everyone can be proud of and excited to see. Many don't understand what it takes to put this on, so I hope I can help educate the community that it takes a lot of help from everyone."

The economic impact from the tournament is $18-$22 million for the week, and that includes players, caddies, sponsors, equipment representatives, The Golf Channel and fans, according to Jonathan Romeo, tournament director.

"This is a state effort," Romeo said. "It is a presentation to the world of what we have to offer in the state of Alabama."

Tickets for general admission will cost $20.

Sponsorship packages ranging from 18th green skyboxes to pro-am teams and other ticket packages are also available for purchase. 

Two days of practice rounds and "pro-am" events begin July 17. The tournament begins July 20 and will be televised live on The Golf Channel. The final round is slated for July 23.

Maddox said the tournament field will include 132 golfers.

The golfers will compete for a $35 million purse and 300 FedEx Cup points.

People can register to volunteer online at or email Maddox at