- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) - Several thousand volunteers are working to ensure the 2015 PGA Championship runs smoothly at Whistling Straits golf course near Sheboygan.

From checking bags to manning concession stands, volunteers believe working at the golf tournament is the perfect opportunity for any hardcore golf fan.

“I’m a golf aficionado, that means I like golf, and if you enjoy golf this is basically the ultimate volunteer opportunity,” said Manitowoc resident Allan Scheurell, who marshaled on the 10th hole Wednesday. “You get to see how the players and the crowd are mostly golfers; they know the etiquette. They are quiet, respectful, and know what is going on.”

Although volunteers must pay a fee to participate, they receive golf gear, including a designer uniform, and a credential allowing them to watch the action when they’re not working, said Jeannie Dieffenbaugher, manager of volunteer operations for the PGA Championship.

Volunteers who worked during the 2004 and 2010 PGA championships at Whistling Straits were given first priority to sign up, Sheboygan Press Media (http://shebpr.es/1Lbm5Fz ) reported. More than 1,000 of the 4,000 past volunteers decided to return, and the remaining spots were opened to the general public.

An estimated 3,400 volunteers are working at this year’s championship. Scheurell is among the 2,616 Wisconsin residents who have volunteered their time to help make the 2015 PGA Championship a success.

“I enjoy it. I’ve done it before,” he said. “I enjoy talking to the people. They are all golfers and ask reasonably intelligent questions.”

The volunteers hail from 42 U.S. states, Canada, Ireland, Switzerland and the U.K., according to the PGA. The oldest registered volunteer is 90 and the youngest is 16.

“Without the volunteers it would be difficult to host an event and really execute the plan. … Without them this wouldn’t be possible, so hats off to them,” Dieffenbaugher said.

This year’s PGA Championship runs from Aug. 10-16 in Kohler.

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Information from: Sheboygan Press Media, http://www.sheboygan-press.com

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