Guest blog: What it was like to volunteer at the Rocket Mortgage Classic

Volunteering with Rickie Fowler at the Pro-Am tournament

Images from the 2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic's Pro-Am tournament. (Aidan Binder)

DETROIT – The Detroit Golf Club’s “Rocket Mortgage Classic” is officially underway. On Wednesday, I was a volunteer at the Pro-Am tournament, which consisted of a group of amateur golfers and one professional competing together for the best score throughout the day.

My job was to hold a sign which showed the name of the golfer and his score. In this case, the score was for the entire team of the amateurs and professionals. I was fortunate enough to be paired with the great Rickie Fowler. I was honored to walk with such a consummate professional. He and his staff could not have been nicer.

As a young high school golfer, I was able to pick up many nuances and tips throughout the day. My job allowed me to be part of the player’s game, which was not only an unbelievable experience, but it really opened my eyes to the golf world.

The Rocket Mortgage Classic gave me such a great opportunity to be up close and personal with the players, which really helped me understand the game even more. To walk alongside them on the green is a magical experience if you are a lover of golf.

To have Detroit as the backdrop and the city hosting this prestigious event makes it extra special. Nothing is an accident at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, at least from this volunteer’s perspective. They don’t miss a bit between our uniform distribution, to training us, welcoming us, feeding us, and making us feel important.

I absolutely loved this experience and hope to continue to volunteer for many years to come.

At one point, one of the tour’s golfers, Kevin Streelman, walked up to me and asked me about myself. He said, “Do you play golf for your high school?” I answered that I play in high school, and that I am always trying to get better. It was very cool that we were able to connect, and I admire how friendly the golfers are to everyone.

I even spotted Chris Webber in the crowd!

The Fowler and Streelman team finished strong in Wednesday’s scramble.