An inside look at the Players Amateur

I have covered the Players Amateur in years past at Belfair Country Club, and have always been impressed with how smoothly this event comes together. I met tournament coordinator Christopher Tobia four years ago, and I can tell you that this is a guy who can handle 100 things at once.

So today on Wildman’s Summer, Tobia takes us inside the ropes and reveals five things you didn’t know a tournament coordinator is responsible for.

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Christopher Tobia

1. Coordination. It’s all in the job title. It is my job to work with our tournament staff, volunteers, sponsors, contestants and Belfair (host facility). I have to keep everyone up to date on how the other groups are progressing.

2. The gifts. We have a great group of sponsors who have been supporting this tournament for many years. I always try to give them something new every year and something that they will actually use – nobody wants another golf towel! This year the sponsors received a fairway & Greene zip pullover, hat, money clip and a Callaway gift card. The players all got an Under Armour zip pullover and a hat.                                 

3. The who. The first thing I focus on is the field. We have a set criteria for entrance into the tournament. One of the biggest projects I have is finding contact information for the players we would like to invite and setting up our database. We also have an online application process for players seeking an exemption into the tournament. It is my job to pass the applications along to the selection committee.

4. We want to help. One of our biggest assets is our volunteer base. I work closely with our volunteer committees that range from front gate greeters to housing and everything in between. We have 140 members volunteering their time to make this week a success.

5. Giving back. Whether I am working on the Players Amateur, the Junior Heritage or our PGA Tour tournament The Heritage, the focus is on giving back. Since its inception, the Heritage Classic Foundation has distributed over $21 million to charitable organizations.

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