Ah, spring! It’s nice to finally be able to say that after what felt like the longest winter ever. It means I can get back outside and do some planting (and some mowing, a necessary evil) and I can start wearing shorts and flip-flops again, probably earlier than I should. It also means that a very particular kind of person awakens from his or her hibernation: the golfer. Golf courses around the city are coming to life just like everything else does this time of year, and I get it – there really is something to be said about a golf course on a sunny day. sycamore Golfers (and golf enthusiasts) should also look forward to the other side of summer – which is not as far off as it seems – when Sycamore Hills Golf Course in Fort Wayne, Indiana, will host the inaugural Hotel Fitness Championship, August 26 through September 1, 2013. This is the first of four Web.com Tour Finals events that will determine which 50 golfers will earn cards to join the PGA TOUR for the 2013-2014 season. It’s a big deal, it’s right here in our backyard, and you can participate. Here’s how. Putting together an event as big as this – around 150 golfers will be participating – requires a heck of a lot of manpower. That’s where you come in. The Hotel Fitness Championship is looking for about 800 volunteers to fill a variety of roles, like volunteer hospitality, admissions, marshaling, scoring, and more. Volunteers will be required to work a minimum of three (3) shifts, or about 15-20 hours, over the course of the week. And while volunteers will have to purchase a $50 Volunteer Package, it’s a real deal. Each volunteer will receive:
  • Two (2) Championship golf shirts
  • A Championship ball cap or visor
  • Tournament credential valid all week that allow you to watch when you aren’t working
  • One (1) Weekly Grounds guest ticket
  • Catered food and drink
  • Free parking
And if you’re wondering where the money goes, the proceeds will be donated to the Evans Scholarship Fund, which provides college tuition and housing scholarships for caddies with financial need, and to various local charities. If this sounds like fun – and really, who wouldn’t think this was fun? – please visit http://www.visitfortwayne.com/meeting-professionals/hotel-fitness-championship, http://www.hotelfitnesschampionship.com, or contact Sally White, tournament manager, at (224) 260-3786 or white@wgaesf.org, for more information.