GAM Volunteer Program
The mission of the Golf Association of Michigan is to promote, preserve and serve the game of golf throughout the State of Michigan. The GAM is a non-profit organization and relies on volunteers to assist in delivering the highest quality of service to our 400 plus clubs and our 65,000 individual members. Volunteers donate time and experience to the GAM for the love of the game. The GAM uses volunteers in its Championship Department programs to help to conduct over 100 days of competition each summer.
Each summer the GAM Championship Department conducts approximately 70 days of tournament competition and an additional 12 days of qualifying rounds for USGA national championships. These tournament days fall primarily on Mondays through Fridays. Many of these days involve 36 holes of golf, which requires a considerable number of volunteers. We would not be able to conduct the competitions without our dedicated “field staff” of volunteers working these events in many capacities.
GAM Championship volunteers are classified into one of two categories: tournament volunteers and Rules of Golf officials.
Pace of Play Timers:
Volunteers are assigned to work a check-point either at the ninth or eighteenth putting green. The volunteer records the time each group completes play of the assigned hole. This assignment may require the volunteer to inform a group that they are subject to penalty for slow play according to the GAM Pace of Play guidelines.
This volunteer checks the accuracy of scorecards and assists with the posting of the scores. The volunteer must maintain an organized scoring area and confirm that all scorecards are signed. If possible this volunteer should have a good knowledge of the Rules of Golf, but if this is not possible, the volunteer is required to contact a Rules official for assistance.
Volunteers are placed on the golf course on “trouble holes” to locate errant shots made by players.
The starters are positioned on the first and tenth tees to start each group at the exact starting time on the starting sheet. The starter provides player instructions, distributes hole location sheets, the GAM Pace of Play Policy, Local Rules, and scorecards. The starter may have to assess penalties to players who are late to the tee.
GAM Rules officials assist players with regards to the Rules of Golf, and are appointed by the GAM based on their knowledge of the Rules and their experience in officiating. Knowledge of the Rules is required to become a GAM Rules official.
New volunteers are assigned a Level 1 classification. These volunteers work with a Level 2 or 3 Rules official observing rulings or may be assigned as a starter, timer, spotter or scoreboard assistant.
A Level 2 Rules official must have attended a USGA/PGA Rules of Golf Workshop or a GAM Rules Seminar. This person must be comfortable working alone on the golf course and qualified to make rules decisions. Level 2 officials may be asked to referee in match play and often will serve as rovers with rules responsibility over segments of the golf course. Most GAM officials will fall into this category.
Level 3 officials must have attended a USGA/PGA Workshop and attained a score of 85 or higher on the exam. These officials may be assigned as Officials-in-Charge and may be asked to assist with course set-up and marking of the golf course.
RULES STUDY AIDS (.pdf)
Groups of Rules to Remember
The Four Lists of Seven
HOW DO I SIGN UP TO BE A TOURNAMENT VOLUNTEER?
The only prerequisite is a desire to give back to the game. Volunteers may sign up for full days (8 to 10 hours) or half days (4 to 5 hours). The GAM provides lunch for all volunteers. All volunteers will be required to buy a GAM uniform shirt, which is worn with khaki slacks at GAM tournaments. If you would like to volunteer, please complete the Volunteer Profile Registration Form above right. If you have further questions please email Ken Hartmann at email@example.com.