ShopRite LPGA Classic - A Shore Tradition May 26 - June 1, 2014
Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club
Galloway, New Jersey
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Mar 29, 2013
Volunteer Corner: Bernadine "B.i." Kanakis
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The ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer is proud to present the fourth installment of the Volunteer Corner. For our fourth edition, we head to the course, where we speak with Hole #7 and #8 Marshal Captain, Bernadine “B.i.” Kanakis.

How did you get started volunteering at the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer?

I belonged to Glen Ridge Country Club in North Jersey and we were a sister club to many championship courses that held LPGA and PGA tournaments. I think I started volunteering for the LPGA in the early 70’s at Upper Montclair. ShopRite might have sponsored then, but I’m not sure [they did not – Coca-Cola]. Those were the days of Nancy Lopez, who was a new star and so nice, Laura Baugh, Jan Stephenson, JoAnne Carner and Pat Bradley to name a few.

I was also privileged to marshal two Women’s Opens. One was at Baltusrol CC and another at Plainfield CC. At Baltusrol, the women Marshals wondered whether the players would be allowed to wear their white short shorts. It was forbidden then, and they did. Another memory was at Plainfield, a spectator pointed out a new player, Laura Davies, and told me to watch her. Boy could she hit it and what a new star she was. The spectator was so right as she won the Tournament! Watching Beth Daniels play, I saw another incredible player. They paved the way for today’s girls.

We later moved to a golfing community in Waretown (30 minutes from Galloway), called Greenbriar Oceanaire and with all those wonderful memories and fun times volunteering, it was only natural to gather a group of women from our community to volunteer at the ShopRite event. And I got things going. I contacted Tim Erensen (Tournament - Executive Director) in 2010, before he had anyone in place and asked for a nice Par 3 Hole, so we got Hole #7. We had so many volunteers that we also took Hole #8, and we have been doing that ever since. The men also got involved, and continue to do so. They prove to be great spotters in tough places.

For those not familiar with the role of a Marshal Hole Captain, would you mind explaining the position?

Good thing you are not asking my husband this question, since he feels like he’s being neglected all week. It’s being there every day and making sure your marshals move to different positions so they can experience the tee box, the drop area, and the green and not get stuck on the ropes all day. It’s important that they get their breaks and are enjoying themselves. Our volunteers know how to do all of this by themselves now. Everyone looks out for one another.

Has the group of Greenbriar Oceanaire ladies grown since you started?

Yes, the group has grown. Living in a beautiful golfing community, it’s so nice to give back to a game we all love. We don’t live around the corner (exit 69 on the Parkway), and we use the ShooBoo Shuttle to take us many places. It was a no brainer to have it take us to the 19th Hole, which was for the Volunteer Party.

Do you have any memorable stories from past ShopRite tournaments?

Yes, indeed. There were the turtles on the march. This is when they come out of the cement pool on the 7th Hole and make their way to the bunkers to lay their eggs. The players enjoy watching them, but will not hit their balls if they are on the green. Certain girls don’t mind picking the turtles up and sending them off in the right direction. This isn’t my favorite job, personally. Then there was Laura Davies driving the Par 4 8th Hole. Amazing!

Last year, Natalie Guilbis’ ball landed in a spectator’s lap on the 7th Hole! Having seen this situation on TV a few weeks prior, one of our marshals was right on the scene and knew exactly what to do. When Natalie got there with the rules official, the woman was very embarrassed and got up to walk away. Natalie saw remains of a sandwich and said, “I see you had a turkey wrap.” With laughter from the gallery, she made light of the situation. Oh, and the amateurs during the Pro-Am. It is so much fun to know that we can play golf. I definitely remember all of the ducking, hiding, and protecting our heads as the word “FORE” is yelled over and over again.

As a golfer yourself, what do you find is the most impressive part of the professional ladies’ game?

It is probably the only sport where you can get so close to a professional player. They show their appreciation to the marshals, and willingly give autographs on non-tournament days. They also show appreciation to the galleries that come out to watch them play. They are cute; young girls playing the game with the talent that we wish we could have. If only.

What advice would you give to a first time marshal?

Enjoy yourself and have fun. If you get stuck in one spot for too long, ask your Hole Captain to move you around. I hear horror stories where volunteers don’t get a break. It took a few times volunteering to learn that.

With past champions like Betsy King, Nancy Lopez, Juli Inkster, Annika Sorenstam and last year’s Stacy Lewis, who is your favorite?

Yani Tseng, the former long-time #1 player in the world, is so unaffected by her status. Having met Lexi Thompson as an amateur, I have watched her grow into a pro and a star. Our volunteers each have their own favorite, but who could not root for Paula Creamer. I follow the LPGA from the beginning of the season and look forward to seeing them all come back. It’s not an easy game.

What does a “Shore Tradition” mean to you?

Being a “Jersey Girl” all my life, I take the Shore Tradition for granted. Being at the shore is relaxing. Basking in the sun and enjoying the sights and sounds of summer is wonderful. The water, the beach, the birds, the boardwalk, and the food are all great. Enjoying a round of golf and taking it all in is part of the Shore Tradition as well. My friends from North Jersey and I actually vacationed at Seaview to enjoy all of this many years ago. Before moving down here, my husband and I made it a tradition to visit several times during the summer. The casinos are here now, and adding The ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer to the mix makes it ideal.

Thinking about it a little more, the girls on the LPGA Tour discovered our secret. I have heard them talk about how they love returning to Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club and the Jersey Shore. They are making it their Shore Tradition. I’m sure they wish they didn’t have to move on so fast so they could enjoy what we have for a while longer!

Jan 17, 2013
Volunteer Corner: Serena Smith
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The ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer is proud to bring you the third installment of the Volunteer Corner. In each edition, we will highlight a volunteer who has a unique connection to the Tournament. For our third edition, we go inside the Tournament Office, where we speak with Administration Chairman Serena Smith.

How did you get started volunteering at the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer?

I worked for Atlantic City Electric Co. from 1968 to 2000 and there we volunteered for the Community Food Bank. After retirement, I wanted to give back so I signed up to continue my volunteering with the Community Food Bank. Along with a group from the Food Bank, I started volunteering at the ShopRite LPGA Classic in 2002.

How many years have you volunteered at the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer?

I started volunteering in 2002, and have now completed 8 years.

What committees have you volunteered on?

Merchandise Tent, Uniform Distribution, Walking Scorer, Volunteer Services and Administration.

Do you have any stories or fond memories that you’d like to share?

Before volunteering, I was a spectator at the first tournament in 1986. What an exciting time sitting at the 18th hole watching Juli Inkster win the tournament. At that time I wasn’t golfing, I just liked to watch golf on television.

Now as a golfer yourself, do you ever pick up any pointers when you take a break from volunteering and watch the professionals?

The flow of the player’s swing is something that I would watch.

What is your favorite part of the Tournament?

I still get star struck at the first hole waiting to hear the Starter announce the players.

What advice would you give to a first time volunteer?

Have respect for the golfers’ responsibilities and enjoy the tournament.

That is definitely great advice. What does “A Shore Tradition” mean to you?

Attend a yearly professional sport in Galloway Township, N.J.

We certainly hope it stays "A Shore Tradition" for years to come. With past players like Betsy King, Nancy Lopez, Juli Inkster, Annika Sorenstam and last year’s champion Stacy Lewis, who is your favorite?

I like to watch Laura Davies and Christina Kim (I have a picture at home taken with her).   I was also impressed with Annika Sorenstam, the winner of the 1998, 2002 and 2005 tournaments.

May 25, 2012
Galloway Community Services
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1.  Where is your organization located?

Galloway Community Services: 636 S. New York Road, Galloway, NJ 08205

2.  What services does your organization provide.

Galloway Community Services offers a variety of fun family recreational programming & free events for all!

3.  What events do you sponsor or organization throughout the year?

Some of our events include Shredding Party, Six Movies in the Park, National Night Out, July 4th Parade, Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day Celebration, Salute to Our Veteran’s Picnic, Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament, All Hallow Eve Movie Night, Youth Protection Fingerprinting Program, and Galloway’s Summer Camp to list a few!

4.  What will you do with the donations raised through the ShopRite LPGA Classic?

All money raised will be utilized to allow free events!

5.  How can someone support your organization (through donations, volunteering, etc.)?

We are always looking for volunteers and donations (either in the form of giveaways, gift certificates or monetary).

6.  If you'd like to contact Galloway Community Services, you can do so through:

Website: www.gallowaytwp-nj.gov

Facebook: Galloway Summer Camp

May 23, 2012
The Community Food Bank of New Jersey
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1. Where is your organization located and what areas do you serve?

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey serves 18 of the 21 counties of the state. We have distribution centers in Hillside and Egg Harbor Township.

 

2. Briefly describe the services your organization provides.

CFBNJ helped to feed 900,000 people last year by distributing 39 million pounds of food to 1,500 soup kitchens, shelters and pantries. Close to 60 percent of the clients we help are children and senior citizens. We also offer job training programs and provide schools supplies and clothing to low-income school districts.

 

3. What events do you sponsor or organization throughout the year?

We hold two marquee events each year. The 2012 Beach Ball was May 22 at the Atlantic City Country Club. The best way to keep tabs of our events is at: http://www.njfoodbank.org/events. We also run Kathleen’s Closet at the Shore Mall, which sells new and gently used clothing and other household items at bargain prices to help stretch the family budget during these trying times.

 

4. What will you do with the donations raised through the ShopRite LPGA Classic?

The funds will go to support our mission of fighting hunger and poverty locally in Atlantic, Burlington, Cumberland and Cape May counties.

 

5. How can someone support your organization (through donations, volunteering, etc.)?

To donate funds simply visit: http://www.njfoodbank.org/how-to-help/donate-funds. We rely on more than 37,000 volunteers to lend a hand each year. If you would like to volunteer at our Egg Harbor Township location visit: http://www.njfoodbank.org/southern-branch/how-to-help/volunteer. To volunteer in Hillside, in the northern part of the state, visit: http://www.njfoodbank.org/how-to-help/volunteer

 

6. If you'd like to contact us, you can do so through:

Website: http://www.njfoodbank.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/communityfoodbankofnj and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Community-FoodBank-of-New-Jersey-Southern-Branch/10150136940275203

Twitter: @CommFoodBankNJ

 

 

 

 

May 22, 2012
Youth Advocate Programs
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1. Where is your organization located and what areas do you serve?

Locally, Youth Advocate Programs is located on Atlantic Ave., in Atlantic City, NJ.  There are also offices in Camden, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Salem, and other counties.  Youth Advocate Programs also has offices in nearly every state with corporate offices in Harrisburg, PA.

 

2. Briefly describe the services your organization provides.

We offer support and mentoring services to at-risk youths.  We also work with men in our Father's Care Network, which is a program designed to assit fathers in strengthing their role in the lives of their children. Atlantic Teen Employment works with teens and the Juvenile Justice System, MERGE (Males Engaged in Reducing Violence Through Gainful Employment), Behaviorial Health mentoring, Respite Servcies, Adult Services, Child welfare, Gang Intervention/Prevention, and School Based Servivces,

 

3. What events do you sponsor or organize throughout the year?

On May 24, 2012, Youth Advocate Programs in Atlantic County will be holding a Twilight Cruise/Auction.  The event is $35 per person and includes buffet, cash bar, DJ entertainment by local dj favorite DJ5D, door prizes, and an auction.  The event is from 6:00pm-10:00pm and the cruise (in Brigantine Bay) runs from 7:00pm-9:30pm.

 

4. What will you do with the donations raised through the ShopRite LPGA Classic?

Monies raised from the ShopRite LPGA Classic will support the Youth Advocate Programs Endowment Fund.  The monies will also be used to fund summer programs for our clients (such as a trip to Great Adventure).

 

5. How can someone support your organization (through donations, volunteering, etc.)?

Donations are always accepted, and you can donate through our website, www.yapinc.org, or mail to our local office at: 1125 Atlantic Ave., Suite 711, Atlantic City, NJ 08401.  Our clients are always in need, and they are appreciative of holiday gifts and necessity items throughout the year (toliteries, shoes, gift certificates, clothing gift certificates, etc.)

If you're interested in volunteering, volunteers may be freely used to raise funds for Youth Advocate Programs and its sister agencies and endowment funds. Conversely, volunteers should only be used with great caution as mentors or in other roles that would put them in contact with Youth Advocate Program's clients. If volunteers are to work as mentors, they must have regular contact with Youth Advocate Program's clients, and a number of precautions must be observed (training, fingerprinting, background checks, etc.)

 

6. If you'd like to contact Youth Advocate, you can do so by visiting their website, www.yapinc.org

 

 

May 21, 2012
Hero Campaign for Designated Drivers
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1. Where is your organization located and what areas do you serve?

We are an independent non-profit organization located on the Campus of Richard Stockton College in Galloway, NJ. We are growing to become a national movement. Right now most of our work is primarily in the Northeast and Mid Atlantic States.

2. Briefly describe the services your organization provides.

We promote the use of Designated Drivers on Colleges and Universities and within Municipalities and State Governments with our partner organizations of law enforcement, hospitality, sports arenas, and entertainment venues.

3. What events do you sponsor or organization throughout the year?

In addition to our annual golf tournament we have three large programs that are creating awareness with in the next 6 months.

1) Recognizing College/University Students as Designated Driver Heroes by featuring these outstanding students on billboards.

2) A Jersey Shore HEROES Campaign during the summer of 2012, where 500 bars and taverns along the Jersey Shore will pledge to encourage their patrons to be sober Designated Drivers or to use a Designated Driver when going out for the evening.

3) A HERO Walk on the Ocean City Boardwalk in October that will attract over 1000 walkers and volunteers.

4. What will you do with the donations raised through the ShopRite LPGA Classic?

It will help fund many of our educational and awareness programs including billboards and "Be a HERO. Be a Designated Driver®" decals on the back of every law officials car in New Jersey and beyond.

5. How can someone support your organization (through donations, volunteering, etc.)?

We welcome all donations and volunteers. Presently we are also looking for volunteers to promote the Campaign at select Live Nation Concerts, where the volunteer will be able to enjoy the headliner for free. For more information, contact info@herocampaign.org

If you are interested in contacting Hero Campaign, you can do so through:

Website: www.herocampaign.org

Facebook: Hero Campaign

Twitter: @HEROCampaign

You Tube Page: www.youtube.com/herocampaign

May 20, 2012
Philly Junior Tour
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1. Where is your organization located and what areas do you serve?

The Philly Junior Tour runs tournaments throughout Eastern PA, Southern NJ, & Delaware.

2. Briefly describe the services your organization provides.

We run competitive junior golf tournaments for players 18 years and younger in PA, NJ & DE. Our 2012 season has over 70 events on our schedule, making us the most extensive opportunity for Delaware Valley junior golfers to play competitively. Many of our members graduate to play collegiate, amateur, and professional golf. We play premier courses at reasonable cost, including Seaview Resort! We also held a sold-out tournament at the Pines course on April 1st. Players can earn player of the year points, national rankings, and scoring average awards by playing on our tour. If a junior golfer is looking to play in college, or professionally, we’re a great place to develop their competitive edge.

3. What events do you sponsor or organization throughout the year?

In addition to our 70 regular season tournaments, we host the Philadelphia Section Junior PGA Championship Qualifier, the Harry Hammond Invitational (scholarship competition for Boys & Girls 16-18 years), and the Philly Junior Tour Championship.

 

4. What will you do with the donations raised through the ShopRite LPGA Classic?

All donations raised through the ShopRite LPGA Classic will go to support our affiliated Foundation - The Greater Philadelphia Junior Golf Foundation (managed by the Philadelphia Foundation).   This foundation awards grants to charities in our community - previous grants include, but are not limited to: Mid Atlantic Blind Golfers, local First Tee Programs and Variety - The Children's Charity

 

5. How can someone support your organization?

Donations may be made directly to the Greater Philadelphia Junior Golf Foundation (www.philafound.org), 1214 Market Street Suite 1800 Philadelphia, PA 19107, or by sending a check to the Greater Philadelphia Junior Golf Foundation c/o The Philadelphia Section PGA 715 Twining Road, Suite 111 Dresher, PA 19025

 

6. If you'd like to contact the Philly Junior Tour, you can do so through the following:

Website: www.phillyjuniortour.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/phillyjrtour

Facebook: www.facebook.com/phillyjrtour

May 18, 2012
South Jersey Field of Dreams
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1. Where is your organization located and what areas do you serve?

The South Jersey Field of Dreams is located in Absecon, NJ, in the Jonathan Pitney Park. We currently have about 200 special players coming from six counties and thirty-three towns in Southern New Jersey.

 

2. Briefly describe the services your organization provides.

The SJFOD built and operates a first class recreational facility and league for physically and mentally challenged children and adults from Southern New Jersey in a community setting using the generosity of regional resources and the talents of volunteers.

 

3. What events do you sponsor or organization throughout the year?

The South Jersey Field of Dreams provides an eight week baseball program in the spring and a four week baseball program in the fall for special players from 5 years old to 19 years old. A 6 week basketball program is offered during the winter months for handicapped children and young adults. Many other social events are also offered like fishing trips, and professional sporting events.

 

4. What will you do with the donations raised through the ShopRite LPGA Classic?

100% of all donations go directly to the enhancement of the physical improvements of our complex and to continuing to provide recreational activities to special needs players at no cost to the families.   Our organization has no paid employees and is funded solely through charitable donations.

 

5. How can someone support your organization (through donations, volunteering, etc.)?

Donations are greatly appreciated!   We also welcome individuals or groups who wish to volunteer their time on the field or in our concession stand.  Simply go to our website at www.southjerseyfieldofdreams.com and click on donations or volunteering.

 

If you want to contact South Jersey Field of Dreams, visit them here:

Website: www.southjerseyfieldofdreams.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/SouthJerseyFieldofDreams

 

May 17, 2012
CASA of Atlantic and Cape May Counties
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1. Where is your organization located and what areas do you serve?

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Atlantic and Cape May Counties office is located in Somers Point, NJ, but we serve children living in foster care throughout Atlantic and Cape May Counties

 

2. Briefly describe the services your organization provides.

CASA and its trained volunteers speak on behalf of abused and neglected children in the foster care system. We are dedicated to ensuring these children are placed in safe permanent homes as quickly as possible. While CASA's ultimate goal is permanency, CASA volunteers focus on the well-being and stability of their child while they are in foster care. Specifically, CASA volunteers focus on the child's mental and physical well-being, their educational needs and preserving their relationships with siblings.

 

3. What events do you sponsor or organize throughout the year?

CASA holds two major events – an Auction in November and a Community Awareness event in the Spring - in addition to several smaller community events each year.

 

4. What will you do with the donations raised through the ShopRite LPGA Classic?

Donations will help offset expenses related to managing CASA’s existing 175 volunteers and recruiting and training new volunteers.

 

5. How can someone support your organization (through donations, volunteering, etc.)?

Individuals and businesses can support CASA through donations, event sponsorships, volunteering, committee participation, attending events, and engaging in our social media efforts.

 

Here's how to find out more about CASA:

Website: atlanticcapecasa.org

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/casa4children

Twitter: @casa4children

May 16, 2012
Ronald McDonald House of South New Jersey
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1. Where is your organization located and what areas do you serve?

We truly cover all of South Jersey helping sick children.  The Ronald McDonald House is located in Camden, NJ and our other 11 Family Rooms are located in: AtlantiCare - Galloway and Atlantic City, Shore Medical Center - Somers Point, Capital Health – Trenton,  Cooper University Hospital – Camden, Kennedy Hospital – Washington Twp., Virtua – Voorhees and Mt. Holly, and South Jersey Hospital – Vineland.

2. Briefly describe the services your organization provides.

We operate a home-away-from-home in Camden for families of critically ill and injured children who have traveled to receive life-saving medical care. We also operate 11 family rooms within hospitals as a place for families to rest, have refreshments, and access the internet without leaving the pediatric unit where their child is hospitalized.

3. What events do you sponsor or organization throughout the year?

We host several events including a golf tournament and dinner party for the following: American Girl Fashion Show, Race Kart Racing, and Touch-a-Truck.

4. What will you do with the donations raised through the ShopRite LPGA Classic?

The funds raised will go to “Share a Night” with a family staying at our house.

5. How can someone support your organization (through donations, volunteering, etc.)?

Ways to help Ronald McDonald House South New Jersey include collecting soda tabs, cooking a meal, gathering wish list items, and making donations and volunteering.

You can get in contact with the Ronald McDonald House of South New Jersey through:

Website: www.ronaldhouse-snj.org

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ronald-McDonald-House-of-Southern-New-Jersey-RMHSNJ/145974215307

 

May 15, 2012
Volunteer Spotlight
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The ShopRite LPGA Classic is proud to bring you the second installment of the Volunteer Showcase. In each edition, we will highlight a volunteer who has a unique connection to the Tournament. For our second edition, we go inside the ropes to Hole #1, where we speak with Marshal Hole Captain Bob LeProtto.

How did you get started volunteering at the ShopRite LPGA Classic?

I saw an old friend volunteering on a tee box and said "Who do you know to get” - and before the question was finished – “You need to be a marshal, do it, sign up, you will love it". Thank You, Billy.

 

I know several of our volunteers help out at other tournaments. Do you volunteer at any events in addition to the ShopRite LPGA Classic?

Yes. In addition to the ShopRite LPGA Classic, I volunteer at The Barclays, the Sybase Match Play Championship and when visiting Florida this year I helped out as a floater at The Honda Classic.

 

How did you become the Marshal Hole #1 Captain?

I was always a hole marshal at The Barclays, usually the first par 3. For the Sybase, I’ve marshaled holes 12, 15, 16 and 18. At the ShopRite LPGA Classic, I have been a Marshal on holes 1 & 18 and also had a special assignment inside the ropes with Paula Creamer. Last year, Chuck Cole, one of the Marshal Chairmen, offered me Captain on Hole 1 and I took it immediately. Mike Schlein and Art Pizzuto chairmen at Upper Montclair (for Sybase Classic) made an offer too. Ed Perchaluk put my name in to be a hole captain for The Barclays. Took a minute to answer that question too.

Sounds like you’re a pretty experienced Marshal…do you prefer Hole #1 over the others?

Hole #1 is PERFECT. You’re there when the players and caddies start their tournament. Italians don't say Good Luck; instead I say on Tuesday, “HAVE A GREAT PRACTICE”. On Wednesday, “ENJOY THE PRO AM”. On Thursday, “HAVE A GREAT TOURNAMENT”. Friday and Saturday, “HAVE A GREAT ROUND”. Sunday,” THANK YOU FOR PLAYING AT THE SHOPRITE LPGA CLASSIC”.

 

Do you have any memorable stories or fond memories that stick out?

Yes, definitely. Spending the week with Paula Creamer and her caddy Colin inside the ropes. Seeing the Sisters of Charity tee off at the Pro-Am, as they are from St. Joseph’s Hospital in my home town, Paterson, NJ. Being on the 18th green for the awards presentation. Finally, seeing and hearing the balls rocket off the first tee never gets old.

 

What advice would you give to a first time volunteer?

Have fun. Enjoy the crowds. Answer the spectators questions…especially know where the rest rooms are! Carry extra pairing sheets to hand out. Bring your stuff: suntan lotion, fly repellant, (a dryer sheet or any other tricks up your sleeve) and rain gear – because every veteran volunteer knows, IF YOU BRING IT, THE RAIN STAYS AWAY!  Most of all, WATCH THESE LPGA LADIES; THEY ARE GREAT!!!— WATCH THE CADDIES TOO. You will really appreciate them after you hear and see them work.

 

What does "A Shore Tradition" mean to you?

The Shore has reinvented itself from Classic AC to Showtime. The LPGA is exactly the same; from the Best Golfers to Showtime—THESE GIRLS ARE GREAT! How lucky to be able to host the LPGA on the Shore. Just look at the field. Hall of Famers, Solheim Cup Players, Major Winners, Top World Ranked Players and the debut of Future Stars.

 

Do you have any special Tournament traditions?

I always go to see the officials set up the tee box and line up the hole on the green. I try to see the cup cut out each morning.

I always treat the first to last player and the caddy exactly the same on the hole. They   deserve that.

I mark my pairing sheet to know the highlighted players and their tee times to inform the fans.

I pick up left tees and make sure the young ladies around the tee box get them.

 

With past champions like Betsy King, Nancy Lopez, Juli Inkster, Annika Sorenstam and last year's Brittany Lincicome, who are some of your favorite LPGA players?

Betsy King: Class of the past . Nancy Lopez: put the LPGA on TV. Juli Inkster: Always the Mom. Annika Sorenstam: Best I have ever seen. Brittany Lincicome: Best Smile of the New Generation. Paula Creamer: Best Role Model. Cristie Kerr: Champions Champion. Karrie Webb, Se Ri Pak and Ai Miyazato and every past champion as the traditions continue.

If you would like to recommend a volunteer for a future Volunteer Showcase, please contact Bill Hansen at bill@shopritelpgaclassic.com or 609-798-0222 x12.

Mar 5, 2012
Volunteer Corner: Marcia Mancini, Veteran Volunteer
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The ShopRite LPGA Classic is proud to bring you the first installment of the Volunteer Showcase. In each edition, we will highlight a volunteer who has a unique connection to the Tournament. We can think of no better volunteer to interview in our first Volunteer Showcase than Player Services Chairwoman Marcia Mancini, who has been volunteering with the Tournament since the very first ShopRite LPGA Classic in 1986 (known then as the Atlantic City LPGA Classic).

Q: Marcia, how did you get started volunteering at the ShopRite LPGA Classic?

Bob Mayer, the Branch Manager at Prudential-Bache Securities at the time, was a very good friend of the Harrisons (the inaugural Tournament’s Executive Director and General Chairman), and Bob was going to be the Co-Chair of the Finance and Credentials Committee. Bob’s signature was required on a document that I presented to him one morning while we were at work and he inquired, “How do you look in green?” To which I responded, “What are you selling?” He signed me up on the spot to serve on the committee.

Q: We’re so lucky to have returning volunteers each year, especially a day-one volunteer. Have you ever missed the Tournament, and what committees have you served?

I’ve missed only two Tournaments: one to attend a wedding and another to attend a graduation. Initially, I was on the Finance and Credentials Committee and then Bob Mayer moved to co-chair the Marshalls Committee so I served with him on that committee also. However, in the early years of the Tournament we were shorthanded at times, and while eating my lunch I was “recruited” to be a Standard Bearer and Greens Reporter. For the past several years, I’ve been the chairperson for the Player Services Committee.

Q: The Player Services Committee plays an extremely important role at the Tournament and we imagine you’ve met quite a few players over the years. Do you have any favorites?

What is most curious is to see the generations of players that have participated in the Tournament from Kathy Whitworth to Lexi Thompson. I have told Christina Kim that we “have grown up together” at the Tournament. It is difficult to say I have a particular favorite because they are all enjoyable to have at the Tournament. Many of players are very private, but there are a few who will take a moment to chat. I always provide an assortment of candy for the girls and Audra Burks (former LPGA Tour player) would come up to me to ask, “Where’s the stash?” They all love to munch on the red Swedish Fish so I have to “ration” those or they would disappear as soon as they’re placed in the bowl. Christina Kim is also fond of the Swedish Fish and would be waiting for them to be placed in the bowl.

Q: Do you have any other memorable stories that stick out?

One particular rain delay provided a challenge. During any Tournament day, the gals move about quite freely, in and out of the locker room. However, during this particular rain delay, we were jammed to the rafters with players and the delay extended on for some time. I can say only that the Seaview Resort staff was absolutely marvelous. Chairs came from every direction and extra trays of food were prepared with breakneck speed; what a concerted effort on their part to make the players as comfortable as possible.

Q: What’s the biggest change that you’ve noticed over the years at the Tournament?

The advancement of technology has presented an entirely different picture in the locker room. Up until the break several years ago, the Player Services Committee volunteers (and my heart goes out to those who have been so wonderful over the years) were never without something to do. The telephone rang incessantly, the players had many requests, and we were on the move the entire time serving the players' needs. About a year or so before the Tournament left the area (in 2006), one could sense a change. Now with iPads, Smartphones, laptops, etc., the players are so much more self-sufficient. We do field questions and requests, but not nearly in the volume that we once did.

As I alluded to early on in the interview, the players certainly have gotten younger. Thanks to the legislation that enabled women to get scholarships to play college sports, we are seeing many very talented and skilled players.

Q: For those volunteers who haven’t been with us since the beginning, and may be volunteering for the first time, what advice would you give them?

First and foremost, I’m sure that they realize that this is the player’s career and be mindful and respectful of them. But also appreciate the talent and skills that they display, and enjoy the Tournament.

Q: Speaking of the players — with past winners like Nancy Lopez, Juli Inkster, Annika Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak and last year's Brittany Lincicome — who is your favorite champion?

Nancy Lopez was a “champion's” champion. She was so mindful of the gallery and their support not only of her, but the other players as well. As down to Earth as she was on the course, she was equally as wonderful to the volunteers in the locker room and so appreciative of their efforts. Michelle McGann was also very endearing to the volunteers and to me for our help.

Thank you for taking the time to do this interview and for all you’ve done for the ShopRite LPGA Classic over the years. The Tournament simply would not be possible without dedicated volunteers like Marcia. See you in late May for another week of fun and excitement!

If you would like to recommend a volunteer for a future Volunteer Showcase, please contact Bill Hansen at bill@shopritelpgaclassic.com or 609-798-0222 x12.

Aug 5, 2011
Recap of the Action
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What a week at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Windy conditions on Friday proved a considerable challenge for many players, keeping shots low and scores high. Former Rolex Ranking world #1, Jiyai Shin, proved why she's still a force the be reckoned with, firing a first-round 66. On her heels was Sandra Gal, just one shot back and rehashing the exciting competition between the two players at the Kia Classic earlier in the year, where Gal captured her first professional victory.

Competition began to heat up during the second round, as Tour veterans Cristie Kerr and Catriona Matthew posted low rounds to end the day numbers one and two, respectively, on the leaderboard. Record crowds also witnessed the emergence of Brittany Lincicome, who shot the low round of the day, 64. And finally, round-one leader Jiyai Shin finished with a 71, making three players within three shots of leader Cristie Kerr.

The Classic's final round was a battle to the finish. Jiyai Shin fired a final-round 66, forcing playing partner Brittany Lincicome to birdie the 18th for the outright lead. Despite an extremely difficult lie, Lincicome executed the perfect chip shot, draining her birdie putt. The last group, however, included Cristie Kerr, who could eagle the short, par five 18th to force Lincicome into a playoff. Just shy of the green, Kerr's chip shot was on track but left short, officially crowning Brittany Lincicome the 2011 ShopRite LPGA Classic champion. The win was Lincicome's first in two years, and fourth overall.

Congratulations to Brittany Lincicome, and thank you to all the players, fans, volunteers, Tournament partners and everyone else involved in making the 2011 Tournament a success!

May 13, 2011
Q&A with Seaview Director of Golf Kevin DeDonato
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Preparing a golf course for a professional tournament takes a lot of time, resources and cooperation from the weather. Kevin DeDonato, Director of Golf at Seaview, took time out from the resort's preparation for the ShopRite LPGA Classic to answer a few questions about Seaview's historic courses and what the ladies will face in June.

Q: Seaview has a great history, and a famous designer to thank: Donald Ross. Other than Mr. Ross, what makes this course so special?

The Bay is a special course because of all the unique history surrounding the course. Being almost 100 years old, on the coast of Reeds Bay and playing host to the 1942 PGA Championship are just a few special characteristics. There are so many great and extremely influential players that have played here: Sam Snead, Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, former presidents, and LPGA stars like past ShopRite LPGA Classic champions Annika Sorenstam, Cristie Kerr and Angela Stanford.

Q: What changes were made to the golf course since the 2010 ShopRite LPGA Classic, and what can the ladies expect?

We have re-soded all of the fescue mounds with a new fine fescue, renovated all of the bunkers, done some drainage work and added two new bunkers. These additions include a bunker in the middle of number three fairway and another bunker wrapping around the mounds on the left side of number one fairway. Also, a large portion of the fairway and greenside bunkers have been expanded making them much larger than in previous years.

Q: How does your staff prepare for such a large and significant event?

Our maintenance crew spends significant time preparing the golf course before the event. In the month leading up to the event, they are all working 50-60 hour work weeks with special attention to detail work like edging cart paths and clearing out-of-play areas for tents. During the week of the tournament, our staff will be at the facility starting at 3:30 in the morning to prepare the course.

Q: What are some memorable moments for you involving the ShopRite LPGA Classic?

When Annika (Sorenstam) won it was exciting, as was last year when the winner, Ai Miyazato, took over the number one spot in the world. Seeing the players at our facility and hearing them talk about the golf course and how much they enjoy playing here is always nice.

Q: What advice would you give first-time players?

Hit the ball in the fairway, stay on the correct side of the hole and stay out of the fescue.

May 2, 2011
Q&A with Executive Director Tim Erensen
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Welcome to the ShopRite LPGA Classic Tournament Blog! Here you will find the latest news and info about the Tournament, and get an inside look about what to expect during Tournament week.

The inaugural post is a Q&A with ShopRite LPGA Classic Executive Director, Tim Erensen. Find out what changes fans can expect during the Tournament by reading below...

Q: The Tournament is just 28 days away. What can fans expect this year?

This event attracts one of the best fields on the LPGA's calendar. Fans will enjoy an exciting weekend of golf with the game's biggest names. We had such a great Tournament in 2010, for 2011 we really focused on fine tuning some elements of the event. The first big change spectators will notice is the new entrance on the east side of Rt. 9 with a more interactive Spectator Village. There are also some fun events throughout the week for the public to enjoy: autograph signing with Michelle Wie, Junior Golf Show put on some of the LPGA players, and much more added to our Tournament schedule. (Click here to keep an eye on the Tournament schedule for more details)

We're also excited to be back at the newly-renovated Seaview Resort, which was recently purchased by nearby Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. For the people who haven't seen it yet, they'll be impressed with the new and improved Seaview.

Q: What makes the ShopRite LPGA Classic so special?

The greater Atlantic City area is a great place to hold a professional golf tournament. The community has really embraced and staked claim to this event, which is what made it so easy to reintroduce to the area in 2010. Everyone from the local businesses to volunteers and our charity partners contribute to the success of this event. The strong golf community in this part of the country mixed with the excitement of Atlantic City creates a great atmosphere for the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Q: The ShopRite LPGA Classic is tagged as A Shore Tradition. What does this mean to the fans?

Because of its rich history in this area, the ShopRite LPGA Classic has developed from an annual event to a yearly tradition. From the moment we announced its return in 2010, we've been inundated with stories from people about how glad they are that the Tournament is back, and how much they missed it while it was gone.

Q: Why is charitable giving a priority for this Tournament?

Since ShopRite became the title sponsor of the Tournament in the early 90s, they have been able to use this Tournament as a vehicle to raise more than $23 million for charitable organizations in their service areas. Although the Tournament itself is just a week long, the community really benefits from its presence year-round.

Q: You've been involved with the LPGA for many years. What do you think the future has in store for the Tour?

Since Commissioner Mike Whan has taken the reins, there have been many positive signs for the future of the LPGA. The players are truly the Tour's best asset. They are all committed to providing world class entertainment each week they play and really get engaged in every community they visit.

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