Thank you to all of the wonderful Forecaddies/Volunteers who made the 2013 Reno-Tahoe Open the most successful ever! With your dedication, 2014 promises to be even better!
The Reno Tahoe Open cannot operate without its amazing force of Forecaddies, nor would the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation be able to continue to give back. The volunteer team is an important part of making the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation capable of giving back so much, and it's a lot of fun, too! An enhanced experience for players, spectators and sponsors because of your hard work ensures our charitable giving increases. To-date, the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation has donated $2.85 million to the local community and had its nonprofit nomination of The Children's Cabinet be named as the PGA TOUR's Charity of the Year! Our Forecaddie Club members are a huge part of this success!
Please read some of the frequently asked questions below. If you still do not have the answer you need, do not hesitate to contact us. Just call 775.322.3900 or email us at Info@RenoTahoeOpen.com.
What duties are available for Volunteering?
Forecaddie Club members may work in a variety of capacities and there is truly something for everybody! Once the 2014 Volunteer registration website is available, we will post Forecaddie positions there for you to review and choose from.
Is being a Forecaddie/Volunteer free of charge?
As a 501c3 nonprofit Foundation, the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation is proud to state that $2.5 million has been donated to area nonprofit organizations to-date! This is due in part to the amazing force of Forecaddies we have on our side, and their willingness to provide a contribution of at least $55 to cover the cost of their Forecaddie uniform. Contributions above and beyond $55 are not only tax deductible, but are appreciated and aid us in continuing to give back as much as possible to our community. Military members and veterans and high school students volunteer for free of charge.
I am a member of the military or am in high school and so I volunteer for free. How do I do this during Volunteer registration?
During the sign-up process you will see an option to select "military member" - select this option and you will be able to sign up without entering credit card information. You will do this even if you are a high school student. Please note that you will then need to send in either your military identification or student i.d. card in order to volunteer for free.
When I register online it asks me to add three committee choices, but I only want to volunteer for my first choice. Do I have to fill in all three?
Yes, we ask that you fill in all 3 choices because committees are filled on a first come, first served basis. That being stated, we strive to give all of our valuable forecaddies the best volunteer experience possible. Keep in mind the great package that all Forecaddies receive and all of the wonderful nonprofit organizations that benefit from your service, to the tune of $2.5 million to-date! It may be worth your while to become a member of the Forecaddie Club and experience something new and continue to help the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation give back to the community. Sorry, no reimbursements will be offered in 2014.
Is training provided for my Forecaddie position?
All Forecaddies are trained prior to the Reno-Tahoe Open so that you will feel confident knowing how to do your job.
I would like an extra Forecaddie Club member shirt and a straw hat instead of the provided hat. What should I do?
If you would like a second Forecaddie Club member shirt, the cost of this is just $15 extra. If you would like to upgrade from the provided golf hat or visor to a straw hat, the cost of this is also just $15. When signing up to become a Forecaddie Club member you will have the option of selecting these upgrades.
Where do I pick up my uniform and Forecaddie package?
Your uniform will be picked up at the Volunteer Training session held by each individual Volunteer Chairman or Captain. Your Captain will arrange this meeting and invite you directly. Those who cannot pick up their uniforms at that time will be able to pick up their uniform in the Volunteer Tent during tournament week.
Which days are Forecaddie Club members needed?
The majority of Forecaddie job assignments are Wednesday through Sunday of tournament week but some assistance may be requested before and after tournament week. Committee descriptions will include the days each committee operates. These days may be subject to change and your individual schedule will be communicated with you by your Forecaddie Committee Captain.
How long can I be expected to work each day? How many days?
Depending on the committee on which you serve, the average workday is 4 to 6 hours long. Some assignments may require longer days, particularly Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Typically Forecaddies work three or more shifts, but a minimum of two shifts worked are required in order to be a Forecaddie. We are very grateful to our Forecaddies and their ability to donate their time to this event!
What do I wear while I am working?
Forecaddie Club members will wear their own khaki bottoms and be asked to wear the provided Reno-Tahoe Open official Forecaddie Club shirt and cap. Forecaddie Club members are required to wear the uniform on the days they are working so that guests at the event can easily spot you. Forecaddies keep this exclusive merchandise as their own!
Who benefits from the work I do?
Of course the PGA TOUR and spectators greatly appreciate the efforts of our Forecaddie Club members - it's no secret that the success of the event depends on our volunteer force. An enhanced experience for players, spectators and sponsors ensures our charitable giving increases. To-date, the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation has donated $2.5 million to the local community and generated an incredible economic impact for our area. Our Forecaddie Club members are a huge part of this success!
The Reno-Tahoe Open boasts some of the best volunteer leaders within the PGA TOUR. These hard working individuals give their time and energy to make the Reno-Tahoe Open the best it can be and allows the Foundation to give back more to our community. We thank these Forecaddie leaders, and encourage you to contact them to ask any questions you may have, or just to thank them yourself!
Note: If you are registered to be a Forecaddie for a particular committee and are yet to be assigned your schedule, please be sure to make contact with your Forecaddie Department Chair listed below. They are here to help!
Forecaddie Department Chairs
Lori Bosma- Volunteer Recruitment Department Chair
Irene Dudley - Sponsorship Venues Department Chair
Iris Shimabukuro - Scoring Department Chair
Rene Torrez - Volunteer Services Department Chair
Michael Vilardi - Player Services Department Chair