Volunteer of the Month
2013 Volunteers of the Month
Ron Nelson & Jane Sossamon
Ron Nelson and Jane Sossamon had an incredibly busy summer doing a lot of traveling, not only around the Pacific Northwest but to other parts of the country including Charleston, S.C. to referee for the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Nevertheless, they demonstrated their dedication towards the WSGA and PNGA by volunteering at many championships and qualifiers, regardless of the location! One example was in August when they volunteered in Seattle for a USGA Senior Men’s Amateur Qualifier the day after they returned from Charleston and then proceeded to travel to Post Falls, Idaho for the PNGA Junior Girls’ Amateur Championship! The PNGA expresses their gratitude to these experienced, well accomplished (and well traveled) Rules Officials for all their time, effort and dedication to helping make those championships and qualifiers a success!
Chris & Michele Sales
Chris and Michele Sales were relatively new when it came to volunteering at WSGA and PNGA Championships. However, they quickly established themselves as a couple of dedicated volunteers by having the willingness to travel many miles to championships that lasted several days. These championships produced some days that were long and exhausting for not only the players but volunteers as well. Nevertheless, Chris and Michele illustrated their enthusiasm and enjoyment for volunteering by always maintaining their humorous, positive attitudes during those long days. The PNGA expresses its deepest gratitude to them for their time and service to amateur golf in the Pacific Northwest and hopes to see them at future championships!
If there were ever to be an MVP selected amongst the volunteers for each championship, Bruce Murr would have definitely been chosen for the PNGA Women’s Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships hosted at Wine Valley GC in Walla Walla, Wash. The championships were held in mid-July when the temperatures reached nearly 100 degrees every day and there was no relief from the scorching sun on the course! Bruce showed leadership by volunteering to manage all the water stations on the course. He came early every day of the championships to stock and arrange the water coolers. Furthermore, he would continue a close watch throughout the championships in making sure players had enough water at all times. He exemplified his commitment to the role by returning to the course to refill all the water stations after he had to leave for a dentist appointment! The PNGA would like to thank and applaud Bruce for his “most valuable” effort, hard work and commitment for making these championships successful!
Bill has been tirelessly volunteering for the PNGA for many years and seems to help more and more each season. This year he helped out a total of 28 days all over the Northwest from Bend to Bandon to Walla Walla to Sunriver. With the PNGA short staffed, Bill stepped up and helped immensely with course setup, registration, marshaling, starting, scoring, pace of play, live scoring and tear-down when the championships were over. Bill’s favorite spot is on the first tee where he welcomes players to the championship, goes over the player information and gets their round started with a nice introduction. Not enough can truly be said about how helpful it was to have Bill at so many PNGA Championships this season!