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Wells Fargo Championship from a marshal's view


Round Two of the Wells Fargo Championship is underway at Quail Hollow Club in south Charlotte, and as usual for Friday, the crowds are big.

The tournament is a huge undertaking for an army of staff and volunteers, responsible for everything from keeping golf carts charged to making sure fans are quiet when the golfers take a putt.

"It's a fun job. It get's taxing, it gets long, it gets arduous sometimes," said Neal Wilkinson of Salisbury.  For nine years, Wilkinson has been working the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club. 

It started simply enough, he filled out an application online, and they took him. And while getting the job may have been easy, the work itself is anything but. 

"Fortunately I've never had to call for the police," Wilkinson joked.

On the course Wilkinson manages a dozen or so volunteers who work the course and the corporate suites. 

"Making sure we've got marshals that are covering the venues," Wilkinson added.  "The marshal's responsibilities are to maintain decorum, or noise while the golfers are on the green, they assist patron in giving directions to where things are on the course. The responsibility is pretty widespread, but nothing that's insurmountable."

And while it seems like a glamorous job with the best views on the course, Wilkinson says the volunteers have to be careful not to get too caught up in the game itself.

"My responsibility is not to watch golf, we are here to make sure the people have a positive experience and enhance the experience at the course and they're watching golf. not our primary goal of course."

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