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PGA TOUR Announces 2017-2018 Volunteer of the Year

December 18, 2018


Each year, thousands of dedicated men and women devote their time to enhance the PGA TOUR tournament experience for fans, players, sponsors and community partners. Needless to say, the volunteers are the heartbeat of the TOUR and we appreciate all of them.

After another successful season, we are proud to introduce the 2017-2018 Volunteer of the Year and finalists. These individuals have collectively contributed a whopping 159 years of volunteer service and have helped impact local and national charities.

The PGA TOUR is privileged to announce Henry “Skip” Monge, who has dedicated more than 16 years volunteering at the Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nevada, as the winner of the 2017-2018 Volunteer of the Year Award.

Skip volunteered as a marshal for his first four years, then served as a hole captain for two years before becoming the tournament’s front nine marshal manager for seven years.  After the 2014 tournament, Skip informed the team that he would need to step back, as he was volunteering at five other tournaments – including three on the PGA TOUR. 

In early 2015, however, the tournament’s marshal chairman retired.  Upon hearing the news, Skip jumped right back in, took the reins, and has served in that role ever since. He helps recruit volunteers, flies in for monthly volunteer meetings, and spends the week prior to the tournament training new marshals. He has single-handedly recruited 30 new volunteers this year, many of whom are from outside Nevada.

When Skip took on the role of marshal chair, the tournament had 80 marshals.  In just four years leading the team, Skip grew the team to 185 – an accomplishment that resulted from countless hours leading, inspiring, guiding and mentoring.  Skip is always the first to arrive and the last to leave, and his passion for the tournament has a contagious effect on the tournament’s more than 800 volunteers.  In addition to volunteering at the Barracuda Championship, Skip served as a marshal at AT&T Pebble Beach for seven years; a hole captain at the Safeway Open for six years; hole captain at the Cadillac Match Play; a marshal at the LPGA Legends for six years; hole captain for the 2014 USGA Sr. U.S. Open; and also volunteered at four other PGA TOUR and LPGA championships.  During the past 16 years, Skip has volunteered more than 6,500 hours for the PGA TOUR during tournament play, and innumerable additional hours recruiting, planning and organizing volunteers for the numerous tournaments he has thrown his passion into.

Skip's health took a turn in March 2018, when he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.  Weeks later, he found out the cancer had spread to his brain. Unphased by the life-altering news, he vehemently insisted that he would continue his role as marshal committee chair for the Barracuda Championship. In May, he had his sister drive him from Arizona to Nevada for an “all marshals” meeting, which is normally held in July, but was changed to fit Skip's schedule – as his doctors had serious doubts that he would survive to see the summer months.  Against all odds, Skip persevered and made it to the tournament, but not without trials.  On the Friday prior to the start of the tournament, he was hospitalized with emergency blood clots in his lungs.  Despite being told by his doctors to rest, Skip insisted that his beloved Barracuda Championship was, in fact, "keeping him fighting." Unable to change Skip’s mind, his doctor gave him blood thinners and sent him on his way. Skip arrived at the tournament on Monday morning visibly exhausted, but happy and excited.  As always, Skip’s passion, positive attitude and exuberance were contagious and helped to elevate the enthusiasm of the entire volunteer team. We’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Skip and our sincere best wishes to Skip and his family as he continues his battle with lung cancer.

In addition, four other deserving individuals joined Skip as finalists for the 2017-2018 Volunteer of the Year Award. Among them was Steve Stelter, a 33-year volunteer for the Charles Schwab Challenge. Steve has volunteered as a standard bearer in addition to maintaining his role as assistant chairman of the marshals committee, overseeing 550 volunteers. In the three weeks leading up to the tournament, Steve puts in about 165 volunteer hours – always with a smile on his face and the positive, can-do attitude that earned him membership in the tournament’s exclusive “Pride of the Plaid” organization, a Colonial volunteer Hall of Fame.  Only a few non-club members have been honored to be a part of this group.  Steve has dedicated his time and passion to the tournament despite more than 19 operations during the past 15 years, including knee and hip replacement and back surgery.

Beth Bishop has been volunteering at the Farmers Insurance Open for more than 50 years. Encouraged by her mother-in-law to first volunteer in 1968, she has devoted countless hours working in the community she loves. Beth is now 85 years old, but continues to volunteer, give back, and create lifelong memories at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Harris Clark has been volunteering at the AT&T Byron Nelson on two different committees for 30 years. His primary position has been in the cart barn, where his shift begins at 5:30 am.  After the morning rush, he serves as a greeter checking for credentials at a corporate venue.  He works tirelessly throughout the tournament, and also serves as an passionate ambassador for the tournament’s charitable beneficiary, the Momentous Institute. Harris recently made a $100,000 donation to the Momentous Institute to fund technology updates at the Momentous School, bringing his personal donations to the non-profit to more than $130,000 during the past three years.  Harris is admired by his fellow volunteers, adored by the tournament team, and a hero to the Momentous Institute.

Jim Clark has been an active volunteer within the RBC Canadian Open for more than 30 years. Jim served as chairman from 2013-2018, including this past summer at Glen Abbey, as well as 2003-2004, 2006-2007 and 2010. In 2015, Golf Canada sought Jim’s expertise to spearhead volunteer operations for the Pan Am Games’ golf competition at Glen Golf Club.  He was appointed as an associate governor in 2000, and in 2001, was elected as a governor – the first public player governor in the history of the RCGA.  He also served as tournament chairman of the inaugural World Junior Girl Golf Championships in 2014 and the 2011 Canadian Men’s Mid-Am Amateur championship, and chair of the Professional Championships Committee. 

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