CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Golf Association's footprint is large in the Mountain State, but it gets even bigger during the PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic.
"We're one of the largest ticket sellers,'' said WVGA executive director Ken Tackett.
"Of the thousands of volunteers, the overwhelming majority of them are from our organization. It's either a Greenbrier employee or WVGA employee or committee person.''
Founded in 1913 and celebrating 100 years, the WVGA's mission is to preserve and protect the traditions of golf in the Mountain State. The WVGA carries on its rich tradition by being ever present at the Classic.
The WVGA handles everything at the state's premier golf event from carrying the scoring placards during rounds to player support to transportation to the practice range.
"We're there to supplement [The Greenbrier resort staff] that week and take pressure off what they do,'' Tackett said. "Those programs are a huge undertaking. We focus on the other stuff. I don't think we could do any more.''
Tackett said the WVGA does whatever it takes to keep the tournament on track from 5:30 in the morning to 9 at night.
Before last year's event, the June 29 derecho hit and toppled several trees on the Old White TPC course, which required volunteers to work even longer hours.