Back in January at the start of our program, the SMBA ’14 class had the opportunity to volunteer at the Farmers Insurance Open located at the beautiful Torrey Pines Golf Course. Tiger, Phil, and all our favorite golfers were on hand to compete in this PGA event. Torrey Pines could not have provided a more scenic location, overlooking the Pacific Ocean in beautiful La Jolla, Calif. With just two days of orientation under our belt, we were thrown into the world of golf. Our class worked as hospitality ambassadors, tweet caddies, and standard bearers during the tournament, gaining great experience and a chance to bond with our new classmates.
As hospitality ambassadors, SMBA ’14 members worked in hospitality venues, assisting patrons with their questions as well as maintaining crowd volume with quiet signs. We worked at various locations, including the Grey Goose Lounge, the 16th fairway, The Tilted Kilt, and the 18th green. While working in the hospitality venues, we met some great people, and also watched some fantastic golf.
There were nine lucky students chosen for the role of tweet caddy. Steve, Samantha, Stephanie, Mathan, Alyse, Carlos, Michael, Johnson and Jasmine roamed around Torrey Pines snapping photos of people enjoying the event. They captured pictures of fans taking part in the tournament attractions, such as the Rickie Fowler Fan Experience and the Porsche Trophy Club, and then sent them to a tournament official to post on the Farmers Insurance Open Twitter and Facebook pages.
The final round was extended to Monday due to poor visibility on Saturday, providing our class with an extra day to volunteer at the Farmers Insurance Open. As a result of limited volunteers on Monday, several SMBAs worked as scorers and standard bearers during the final round. Walking inside the ropes with a group of professional golfers was an amazing experience, one I will remember for quite some time. For the SMBA ’14 class, the Farmers Insurance Open provided us with valuable experience and networking opportunities, as well as time to get to know one another during the first few days of our year-long journey together.