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What is the XL Catlin LPGA Volunteer Service Award?

The XL Catlin LPGA Volunteer Service Award was created to honor a deserving volunteer at each LPGA Tournament during the 2018 season who has exemplified the spirit of volunteerism and gone above and beyond expectations in his/her role. If the event is new in 2018, then someone who was instrumental in bringing the event to fruition or internal stewarding for the Title Partner can be selected.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of any tournament, so this award celebrates their stories and charity tournament partners each week.

The Tournament Director and/or Title Sponsor will be asked to nominate one deserving volunteer, group, or company representative using the Nomination Form. An LPGA representative will then follow up with the nominated volunteer to schedule an interview to be used on select LPGA channels (TV, digital, and social).

LPGA Communications will also recognize and include the nominee in weekly notes to the media and the Tournament Director will be asked to present an XL Catlin LPGA Volunteer Service Award plaque to the recipient sometime during tournament week, perhaps at the Volunteer Party. A Volunteer Service Award page will be set up on LPGA.com to track weekly nominees. In addition, an XL Catlin LPGA Service Award graphic will be added to the content wheel for electronic messaging and feature the name of the tournament nominee.

2018 AWARD WINNERS

Tournament Volunteer Award Winner

Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic

Denise Hill-Denise has volunteered each year of the tournament, 2018 will be her 6th year. Denise is very dedicated, hardworking and extremely organized. She is continually thinking about the players and how to make their registration an easy process for them.

ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open

Zoee Dolling-Zoee has volunteered for three years at the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open. She has great people skill with a sensational can do attitude. Zoee has exceptional organizational skills, with a keen attention to detail.

Honda LPGA Thailand

Juta Tingsabhat- Tingsabhat has volunteered for 10 years at the Honda LPGA Thailand. He is very enthusiastic and always the first person to step up when the team needs help. Tingsabhat has the unique ability to make the tournament feel fresh all the time.You will always find a smile on his face.

HSBC Women's World Championship

Steve Provance- Provance has been working with the tournament for three years. He is super friendly and gets along great with all the players. Provance has worn many hats over the years and does with a big smile. He continues to go above and beyond, and his unique ability to get along with anyone allows us to place him in any position and know the job will get done.

Bank of Hope Founders Cup

Robin Cook- Cook has been a part of the Bank of Hope Founders Cup for seven years, and each year she feels more like a part of our staff and LPGA family. The Ticket Office and Main Entrance run thanks to Cook and her committee smoothly. Her insider knowledge of the tournament makes her the go-to person throughout the week. As one of the first people that spectators come into contact with when they arrive, she welcomes them with her contagious smile and hands-on help. Thanks to Cook and her positive approach to any issue, everyone feels heard and appreciated when they arrive at the Main Entrance. She is a crucial factor when it comes to spreading pertinent tournament information promptly to everyone on site. We've been lucky to have her as a part of the team at the helm of the Main Entrance using her unique combination of friendliness and hands-on effectiveness. Highlighting Cook for this Service Award was a no-brainer - she adds an unmeasurable value to our tournament and our team.

Kia Classic

Mark and SusanWhichard- Mark and Susan have volunteer tournament experience dating back to 2005. They have both proven that they are willing to go above and beyond as volunteers. They have the amazing ability to handle any situation that comes up during tournament week with grace and ease. Mark and Susan both created an environment that made us all feel welcomed and wanted. The Kia Classic s grateful for their infectious energy, leadership, and positive impact they bring year after year to the scoring committee.

ANA Inspiration

Margo Baxley- Margo has been the Chairman of Scoring Control team for 33 years. She has an incredible infectious smile that lights up any room she enters. Her positive attitude and never-ending energy is just one of the many qualities she brings to the ANA Inspiration.

LOTTE Championship presented by Hershey

Ed Clary- Ed has been a volunteer for the LOTTE Championship since the first event in 2012. He has a heart for service and generously volunteers his time in support of the tournament's charity beneficiaries (Friends of Hawaii Charities). Ed has a can-do attitude and will help with any job from signage installation to staking off the course. The tournament is truly grateful for his service and fortunate to have him on the team.

HUGEL-JTBC LA Open

Marty Beck- In the inaugural event with only three months to prep Marty brought volunteers to the tournament from course membership and outside. He assisted with communication with the neighborhood to ease integration of the tournament into their community. He offered support at every turn.

LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship

Irene Agnos- Irene is an experienced volunteer organizer at Lake Merced, beginning when her club played host to the 2012 U.S. Girls' Junior Championship, and later to the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. This year, Irene will again lead the volunteers for the inaugural LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship.

Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic

Barbara Vogt- She was the first to step up and always willing to help even with the move to a new location in 2018. This will be her four year as Marshal Co-Chair/Chair. Barb has also been marshaling at Colonial for eight years and this year she and her Marshal Leadership team have helped recruit over 200 Marshal Volunteers. She looks our for her team and makes sure they have what they need to get the job done efficiently, ensuring they have the best experience possible.

Kingsmill Championship presented by GEICO Gary Ripple- Gary is a longtime volunteer for the Kingsmill Championship. He has been a part of the team for the past 17 years and ha services on two committees. Gary splits his time by helping the Pro-Am committee with set up and registration and also volunteers as a Starter and Announcer during tournament play. In addition to helping as a volunteer, he opens his home to a LPGA player each year.
LPGA Volvik Championship Dick Wunderlich- When the former club president learned an LPGA tournament was coming to Travis Pointe Country Club, there was no hesitation about getting involved. Dick co-chairs the caddie services committee, making sure the LPGA's tour caddies are comfortable and well-informed. He is an instrumental volunteer that is heavily relied on to ensure the tournament is a success.
ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer Marcia Mancini - Marciahas been helping run the tournament since its inaugural year. She has been volunteering at the North Jersey tournament since 1986. Marcia has a fantastic attitude and is always looking to help the players so they can have the most enjoyable experience each year.
Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give Ellen Bruinsma- Ellen has been the chairperson of Volunteer Services for all five years of the tournament. She is often the first face to all volunteers and she makes sure to welcome every volunteer with a smile. Ellen is a wonderful ambassador to the tournament even when she's working the longest hours.
Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G John Doughty - John has volunteered for the last decade and has either driven a player somewhere or arranged for transportation. He overseas a team of 35-40 volunteers on his transportation committee, with about 75 percent of his team returning as volunteers each year. John is very dedicated and puts in long hours during the tournament week. He is the first volunteer to arrive onsite each morning and the last to leave each day.
KPMG Women's PGA Championship Larry Stoller - Larry has gone above and beyond during his time as Chairperson. He worked tirelessly to recruit family and friends to volunteer and he and his wife also opened their home to host a player during the Championship. Larry has said yes to whatever we have asked and always with a smile on his face.
Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic Kathy Brewer - Kathy is in her 2nd year as the Marshals Chair and we couldn’t have asked for a better recipient. Her extra effort to not only scheduling and organizing her committee Volunteers, she goes above and beyond with her recruitment efforts as well. Her positive attitude through the planning process, and even during a busy event week, certainly makes tournament week and Volunteer Headquarters a welcome place to be.
Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning & O-I
Roy Rozell - Roy has been with the tournament since its inception in 1984.  He has been a loyal volunteer at the tournament for 33 years and is 90 years young!  Roy volunteers as an Area Captain and is committed to returning every summer to help create a great week of golf in Toledo year after year.  His devotion to service has helped benefit over 100 Northwest Ohio Children's Charities throughout the past years, which is truly remarkable.  The tournament is extremely grateful for his service and fortunate to have him as part of the volunteer team.
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