MOUNT PLEASANT — Walk with me, around the front nine at RiverTowne Country Club, shaking hands with some of the folks who make the Ginn Tribute Hosted by Annika possible.
They are the volunteers, 900 strong, faithful fans of the game without whom there would be no game.
Not only do they pay $55 for the cool shirts and the hat, they have the privilege of standing out in the hot sun for a few hours each day making sure the LPGA pros and the fans have a positive experience.
Bottom line, no golf tournament could exist without them. This is but a sampling of the many who give their time and talent to the game of golf:
--Pat Murphy of RiverTowne, shuttle driver, retired EPA executive, originally from Chicago, lately of Northern Virginia.
--Judy Collins of Mount Pleasant, driving range and putting green, trying to pick up a few tips from the pros.
--Eric McCall of Orangeburg, driving range, makes the drive every day.
--Paula Dixon of Mount Pleasant, handles admissions and first aid, works in the East Cooper Hospital emergency room.
--Mike Richardson from Florence, marshal on the first tee, a self-proclaimed household technician.
--Jim Hughes of Mount Pleasant, transportation
and walking scorer, taking a week off from his job working with at-risk youth.
--Bobby Luff of Charleston, driving range, retired executive with Piggly Wiggly, spends the day "building pyramids" with golf balls.
--Butch Volf of Moncks Corner, driving range, retired from Santee-Cooper, gets to see the lady pros "up close and personal."
Dentists and hygienists
--Woody House of Kiawah Island, walking scorer, has worked Nationwide and Senior PGA tournaments in the area.
--Ben Jordan of West Ashley, walking scorer, originally from Cheraw, entering dental school next week.
--Sharon Peters of Snee Farm, marshal, works at Charleston National.
--David McIntosh of Summerville, hole captain, retired guidance counselor.
--Joe Cantrell of Summerville, marshal, retired from the beer business, a tournament rookie.
--Cheryl Soucy of Goose Creek, marshal, retired air traffic controller from Washington, D.C.
--Steve and Barbara Karinshak from Dunes West, greens reporters, retired from W.R. Grace, "consummate volunteers" with experience at many Kiawah tournaments.
--Vicki Sheehan of RiverTowne, marshal, retired dental hygienist now working for Papyrus greeting cards, also worked Senior PGA at Kiawah.
Teachers and sales reps
--Carol Brown of Stono Ferry, walking scorer, president of Stono Ferry Women's Golf Association.
--Tom O'Halloran of Summerville, formerly of Massachusetts, retired Navy, first LPGA tournament.
--George Griffin of Mount Pleasant, marshal, retired from VA Hospital.
--Rich McNamara of RiverTowne, can walk to his house from No. 3 tee, has worked three golf tournaments in Pinehurst.
--Jim Smith of Dunes West, marshal and shuttle driver, retired postal worker, has worked Nationwide, LPGA and World Cup tournaments, motto is "be flexible."
--Jan Cavanaugh of Little River, marshal, retired teacher, taught in prisons for "captive audiences."
--Jim Britt of Dunes West, greenside scoring, took a week off from job as a sales representative for hospital equipment, tournament rookie.
Bankers and professors
--Steve Waterhouse of Summerville, marshal, retired from Sara Lee, first tournament but "won't be my last."
--Beverly Freeman of RiverTowne, hole captain, retired from CVS, also worked tournaments in Charlotte.
--Sam Parker of Pinopolis, marshal, retired banker, title abstractor, working his second LPGA tournament.
--Steve LaMarche of Summerville, marshal, second grade teacher at Windsor Hill Elementary.
--Craig Childress of Aiken, marshal, visiting daughter in Mount Pleasant, Colonel in the U.S. Army, just returned from Baghdad, retiring soon.
--Gary Asleson from James Island, marshal, chemistry professor at the College of Charleston, worked Senior PGA tournament at Kiawah.
--Bob Love from Charleston National, marshal, retired from steel distribution business, second year working LPGA tournament.
Coal mines and ice cream
--Jane Anania of James Island, scoring, pharmaceutical representative who works with the College of Charleston women's golf team.
--Eddie Green of West Ashley, marshal, retired coal miner working in test lab at Mead Westvaco, first tournament.
--Carroll Johnson of Summerville, self-proclaimed flunkie, retired from heating and air business in Ohio, has worked tournaments at Kiawah.
--Wayne Yackel of Wyboo Plantation in Manning, shuttle driver, retired from Eastman Kodak in New York.
--Jim Kenny of North Charleston, marshal, playing hooky from his job as owner of Precision Press.
--Mike McVeigh and Bryan Cole, marshals, work for Ye Olde Fashioned Ice Cream in Mount Pleasant.
--Jane Calfee of Huger, hole captain and parking crew, director of sports ministry for Seacoast Church.
Mortgages and apparel
--Dennis Kelley of RiverTowne, hole captain, retired power company executive.
--Tom Branch of Wyboo in Manning, marshal, retired from building maintenance.
--Jim Wilson of Wyboo in Manning, marshal, retired executive, likes holding up "quiet" sign.
--Mark Sunshine, head pro at RiverTowne, all-around good citizen.
--Tom Tucci of West Ashley, scorer, service engineer for medical equipment, has worked Senior PGA and Club Pro Championship at Kiawah.
--Craig Easterbrook of West Ashley, marshal, mortgage consultant for SunTrust, tournament rookie.
--Matt Einsmann of Pine Forest in Summerville, marshal, retired apparel executive.
--Joy and Jack Leber of Mount Pleasant and New Jersey, marshals, retired from Hewlett-Packard, volunteer at tournaments from Florida to Hawaii.
--Chris Ghent of Mount Pleasant, marshal, mechanical engineer, in charge of "crowd control."
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