Before I get started I am going to apologise about the length of this post it is rather long.
So this post is going to be slightly different from my last few posts and is not going to be looking at a product but instead looking at my experience of marshalling at the men’s and women’s Scottish Opens at Dundonald links. This was my first experience of marshalling at an event and had no idea what it was going to be like so hopefully this can provide some of you with an insight in to what happens and maybe encourage you to give it a try.
So first things first how did I get involved, as a teacher with long summer holidays I had been thinking of things I could do to keep be busy during the holidays and then remembered that the Scottish Open was on at Dundonald Links which isn’t too far away from where I stay so a quick Google search got me onto the website. I then found the section for volunteers and downloaded The application forms for both the marshal and the scorers. I applied for both positions and ended up hearing back from the marshals first so that is why I was a marshal rather than a score board carrier. Even though I was not from one of the local clubs which were responsible for organising the volunteers they still took me as they were in need of more volunteers so don’t be put off if you are not from one of the linked clubs.
After hearing back from them to say that they had accepted my application, around the end of February I believe, I had a few emails as the months went on letting me know what group I was in and other various details. Next thing I knew it was 2 weeks before the Open and I still had very little idea of what I was going to be doing apart from what holes I was going to be on, however this ended up changing anyway.
The next thing to happen was the briefing on the Sunday before the Open where we were to collect our kit and find out a bit more of what was happening. On my arrival when I went to sign in I was greeted with an unexpected surprise I was no longer in the group I was originally meant to be in they had changed my group. I think as I was not associated with one of the local clubs I got switched to the group with the least number of volunteers. I then got handed my pass and a sticker with my kit size so I could get the correct kit, or so I thought. Kit in hand I went and grabbed a seat to listen to the briefing, which in all honesty was not very useful as it was all just common knowledge really.
After the briefing I headed for home and this is where things get interesting, when I had been handed my kit at the briefing I had had a quick look at the size and it was correct. However what I had failed to check was that they had given me the correct sex, when I pulled the polo out something looked wrong I couldn’t place it at first and then I noticed the slightly lower neck and extra buttons. It then hit me that I had been given a women’s polo rather than a men’s. So first thing I do is email the head marshal who tells me it is fine and I will get the correct one on my first day.
So I turn up on my first day wearing one of my own golf polos just incase anything happened which I had a slight feeling something might. Low and behold when I go and try and swap my polo I get told they don’t have any apart from XL which would look like a duvet on me. Was I surprised, no not really I had a sneaking suspicion this might happen however I was still annoyed. Anyway I put this behind me and head off to get a cup of tea (which was complimentary) before the day starts.