Have you applied to join Open Support Team at Royal Portrush?

11 January 2019 Announcement

 

The Open has been held outside of Scotland or England just once in its history, and that was at Royal Portrush, where the championship will return in 2019.

If you want to experience the splendour of The Open on Irish shores, opportunities to get involved are truly once in a generation.

You can apply for a place on the BIGGA Open Volunteer Support Team here.

That makes the invitation of The R&A for BIGGA to once again provide a volunteer support team for the duration of the tournament even more special.

Darren Clarke was instrumental in getting Royal Portrush on The Open rota and the 2011 champion said: "It's hard to contain the excitement now. The place is buzzing. It's going to be a huge honour and privilege to have the biggest tournament in the world in our town."

Royal Portrush's refurbished Duncluce Course will host the 148th Open on 18 to 21 July 2019, with Course Manager Graeme Beatt hosting the championship for the first time in the 39-year-old's career. 

Back in 1951, the magnificent Northern Irish links were tamed by Max Faulkner, with the flamboyant Englishman reportedly signing autographs 'Max Faulkner, Open Champion' prior to the final round.

Last year's winner Francesco Molinari will likely be a little more reserved during his time at Royal Portrush, but said he's looking forward to returning to the venue.

"I played there in 2012 at the Irish Open," said the Italian. "I still remember now that I was paired for the first two rounds with Darren Clarke and he had just won The Open the year before. The atmosphere was something else, so I'm sure it's going to be a great championship, a great Open."

BIGGA volunteer support team members will assist with maintaining bunker presentation throughout the duration of the tournament. The 62 bunkers that will be in play is the lowest total of any current Open venue, but the team members will hope players stay out of the massive 25-foot high Big Nellie bunker, recreated on the 7th hole.

Team members may also be called upon at short notice to help out with early morning preparation work and divoting duties. With early tee times and golf being played until nightfall, the week is intense and physically demanding. But it's also an incredibly rewarding opportunity to get inside the ropes at this once-in-a-generation tournament.

Full BIGGA members can apply for a place on the support team by completing the application form, located in the Member Opportunities tab of the BIGGA website.

Entries close on 25 January 2019.

Author

Karl Hansell
Karl Hansell
BIGGA | Communications Manager

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