Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic Comes to a Close

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GOLFCLASSICPREVIEW PICSunday was the last day of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Ariya Jutanugarn wound up taking home the victory after four days of grueling competition. A competition that size takes a long time to prepare, and a lot of people are needed to bring it all together. It can take an entire year to prepare and organize the volunteers. Some volunteers love the game so much, they drive miles just to be a part of the action.

It is not a love of money or fame that keeps volunteers like Molly Caplenor on the road from tournament to tournament.

“For the love of the game,” she Caplenor. “You gotta enjoy the long hours, your feet being a little tired, but if you love golf, this is the place to be this week!”

Caplenor is originally from Montgomery, but now lives in Georgia. She travels around the world to tournaments to volunteer her time.

“Being a female golfer myself, I think it’s extremely important to support the female tours, and the LPGA tour,” she adds.

One of her favorite perks is being so close to the action and the young athletes.

“Another thing about the women’s tour that’s so awesome is that they are fan friendly,” she says. “They’re more accessible, the crowds continue to get larger and nicer, but you have an access. And you can feel closer to the players themselves.”

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Course staff say this year has been one of the best, and they are still tallying up attendance for the week. They could not have done it without their favorite “out of town staff.”

“It’s a big deal, but it’s gone very well,” says course Director of Operations Mike Beverly. “And we’ve worked with the same crews for years. So it’s like family coming into town. And we get along well, and it’s a good time as well.”

There is always room for more volunteers, from the transportation to the clean up crew. The only requirements are that you have to love golf and be ready to work.

“We can always use help!” says Caplenor. “We can always put someone to work, there’s plenty of jobs that need to be done out here and be a part of the action.”

The course crew says it could take another two to three weeks before all of the tournament structures are off the course. The course will be open Monday for members to play.

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