Volunteers credited for golf tournament’s success

Despite weather described by The Associated Press as “Maui’s 100-year storm,” Maui’s first-ever player evacuation from the Plantation Course not once but twice, multiple delays, postponements and one of the four rounds being canceled, the 2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions was a success due to the incredible performance of the 470 volunteers.

PGA Tour officials commented how well the volunteer team performed with numerous unanticipated challenges and frequently changing directives from tournament headquarters. Volunteer teams headed by Gary Robert (volunteer headquarters), Doug McClellan and Joe Craig (on-road transportation), Ann and Lee Albrecht (on-course transportation), Kathy Taylor (admissions), Rod Ferguson (shot-link/walking scorers) and John Valtierra (marshals) routinely accomplished whatever task was asked of them.

I applaud this awesome effort as well as the hard work by Nancy Cross and Adam Offerman at tournament headquarters and Mike Jones and his staff at Troon Golf, as numerous Maui charities will split approximately $300,000 this year as a result of this event.

Maui is a better island due to the contributions of the Hyundai TOC volunteer team, and for this I am most grateful.

Ed Hogan

volunteer chairman

Hyundai Tournament of Champions