The 2021 Players Championship Volunteer Program
supported by John Deere
The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association in conjunction with New Zealand Golf Course Superintendents Association (NZGCSA) and John Deere Golf, are excited to announce for the second year The Players Championship (TPC) Volunteer Program.
In March 2021, three ASTMA members and one NZGCSA member will secure a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be involved in golf’s ‘5th Major’ thanks to the generous sponsorship and support of John Deere Golf.
The lucky four will head to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida in the US to join the course management team at TPC Sawgrass and help prepare the famed Stadium Course for The Players Championship in what is an outstanding career development opportunity.
After returning to its traditional March date for the 2020 Championship, 3 ASTMA and 1 NZGCSA members were part of the grounds crew for the historic event. Historic for both the return to March timeframe, and also due to the event being cancelled after completion of the first round, with organisers saying it was "the right thing to do" in order to safeguard against the spread of coronavirus.
In spite of this, the 4 lucky members in 2020 spent over a week in the US working with the TPC team in course preparation, and came back with many learnings that they will share in the June issue of Australian Turfgrass Management Magazine.
The 2021 event will see the Course Management team undertake very different challenges to that of preparing the course this time around, and this is your chance to be a part of it.
The 3 selected Australian Sports Turf Managers Association members will join the maintenance team for the duration of the Players Championship on the PGA Tour, with travel, accommodation, meals and uniform all included.
Three ASTMA members will secure a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be involved in golf’s ‘5th Major’ thanks to the generous sponsorship and support of John Deere Golf, joining the TPC Sawgrass maintenance team for the duration of The Players Championship with travel, accommodation, meals and uniform all included.
The application process involves three stages, and the deadline for Members to register interest (Stage 1) is Friday 28th August 2020
To get the process started and register interest in joining the Course Management team at TPC Sawgrass in 2021:
The online form only takes a couple of minutes to complete and can be accessed below
All eligible candidates will be sent an email inviting them to continue to Stage 2 of the application process where they will be required to submit a short video (no more than three minutes in length) introducing themselves and briefly addressing the following topics:
The purpose of this video is for the selection panel to gain an understanding of the applicant as an individual, their career aims and ambitions and the positive impact the opportunity to take part in The Players Championship Volunteer Program could have.
Details of format/content and how to send it to the ASTMA will be provided to shortlisted / eligible Round 2 applicants.
The deadline for registering your interest (Stage 1) is Friday 28th August 2020, with all videos to be received by the ASTMA (Stage 2) by Friday 2nd October 2020.
The application videos will be assessed and rated by John Deere with shortlisted candidates then invited to attend a regional interview during November 2020. Interviews will be conducted by a panel, where both the video and the interview will be reviewed to select the successful ASTMA volunteers, with the successful member to be notified by 1st December 2020.
The provisional dates for the 2021 Players Championship are 11th – 14th March 2021. The successful applicants will need to arrive into the US on Friday 5th March and will not return home until Tuesday 16th March.
Once the selected candidates arrive at the venue they will be provided with the following;
They will be encouraged to constantly update all personal social media platforms following The Players Championship Volunteer Program guidelines.
After the championship they will all get the opportunity to play the famous 17th hole in a nearest-the-pin competition, the winner taking home the genuine flag from the famed hole.
John Deere will cover travel expenses for return economy travel from location to Jacksonville, Florida.
The following costs are the responsibility of the chosen individuals;
• Obtaining a passport (if required)
• Filling out and paying for the online ESTA (US visa);
• Travel insurance;
• Transport to and from the selected departure point.
If you would like to be part of the ASTMA/NZGCSA and John Deere TPC Volunteer Program in 2021, fill out the on line form on the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association website here
The 2021 TPC Sawgrass Volunteer Program is subject to the reduction in international travel restrictions, the US opening their borders and US authorities allowing mass gatherings at sport events. With the program 9 months away, the ASTMA, NZGCSA and John Deere Ltd feel this gives enough time to start the process and monitor events.
With the lucky applicant not being chosen until November of this year we would expect clarity surrounding travel by this date, however, due to matters outside of our control unfortunately selection does not guarantee attendance at this event. We encourage ASTMA members to register their interest early rather than miss this amazing opportunity due to uncertainty surrounding future travel.
To get the process started, interested applicants are required to fill the online application form on the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association website to ascertain their eligibility, and the deadline for registering your interest (Stage 1) is Friday 28th August 2020
For further information, contact the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association on 03 9548 8600 or head to the website for more details: www.agcsa.com.au/services/initiatives/tpc-sawgrass-volunteer-program/
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