Employees volunteer “fore” U.S. Junior Amateur

Aug 02, 2010

The Junior Amateaur Golf Tournament was not your typical West Michigan sponsorship, as we learn from guest blogger David Madiol, Brand Manager for Amway.

It’s not every day you get to watch the world’s best junior golfers compete in your own back yard.  But that just happened to be the case for Amway last week when the 63rd U.S. Junior Amateur Championship came to town – and we had the honor of being the Champion Supporter.

When I was first asked whether I was interested in being an Official Scorer during the Championship, I was a bit hesitant. What if I happened to call in the wrong score on a hole and ended up ruining the career of one of these young golfers? But once I was got the process down, I felt much better – and walking the 18 holes alongside these future golf stars was an experience that I will always remember.

I hope that each of the 150+ Amway employees that volunteered during the week-long event have similar memories. Not only was it a great week of golf at the beautiful Egypt Valley Country Club, it was a testament to the dedication of our employees. While it may not seem like a tough duty being at the Club watching golf, I will tell you that many of the work shifts started at 6:30 in the morning and lasted six hours or more. The whether was hot and humid, but everyone showed up as assigned and on time. Way to go, colleagues!

But let’s not forget why we got involved in the tournament: community. This was yet another fantastic event that put Grand Rapids on the map. This Championship is never held in the same place twice, so we were lucky to have it in our great city. Additionally, it was a chance for the folks in our community to experience top-notch golf – and many of them took advantage of the free admission!

Most importantly, Amway agreed to lend our support so that kids in our community would have the opportunity to learn the game of golf. All proceeds from the event will go toward the Western Michigan Junior Golf Foundation. Now, kids who have never had the chance to play will have access to some great golf courses in West Michigan.

And that’s a win for all.

On the first day, a 15 year-old beat the course record with a ten under par

Jordan Spieth, the defending champion

Bobbie Shelton, who would defeat Jordan Spieth by two strokes in this match play


David Madiol, volunteer and volunteer coordinator for Amway

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