Volunteer applications available for 2006 PGA Championship

Those individuals wishing to volunteer at the 2006 PGA Championship can apply now for a variety of positions, including Transportation, Tech-Check and Merchandise Tent.

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Golf enthusiasts who want to get involved "behind the scenes" at the 2006 PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club may obtain volunteer applications starting June 28, 2005, tournament officials have announced.

"Quality volunteers are the essential to any successful golf tournament and we are very excited about the prospect of welcoming volunteers who have golf tournament experience as well as those who would be volunteering for the first time," said Michael Belot, tournament director for the 2006 PGA Championship. "We're looking for people with varied backgrounds because golf tournament operations require a volunteer group with a diverse set of skills."

Belot said he anticipates keen interest in volunteer positions for the 2006 PGA because the tournament is a major championship and because it is being staged at Medinah, one of the world's great golf courses.

Among the 23 committees with positions available are Transportation, Tech-Check and Merchandise Tent.

Those interested in volunteering may obtain a volunteer application form online at pga2006.com or by calling the local tournament office at 630-775-1PGA (1742). Sharon Helbig, Tournament Manager of Administration, is in charge of volunteer operations.

The PGA Championship perennially features the strongest field in major tournament golf. Recent champions include Vijay Singh, Rich Beem, David Toms, Tiger Woods, Paul Azinger, Nick Price and John Daly. Past champions include such legends as Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus.

The 88th PGA Championship will be played August 14-20, 2006 at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois. The Ryder Cup is scheduled to be played at Medinah in 2012.

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