COVID Related Questions
Why do we need to start asking for volunteers now?
More than 1,200 volunteers are needed in a variety of committees and positions. The Dow GLBI prefers to recruit volunteers early to ensure that we have the best event possible.
Are vaccines required to be a volunteer?
Volunteers are encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to ensure the state of Michigan meets its vaccination goals which will support events like the Dow GLBI to take place across the state.
Will my volunteer registration fee be refunded if the scope of the event changes?
Yes, your volunteer registration will be refunded in full.
I am in a high risk category. Are there any virtual volunteer opportunities?
There are no virtual volunteer opportunities at this time.
Will I be required to wear a mask?
To minimize risks related to the COVID-19 pandemic, event officials are continuing to work closely with local and state health officials, the city of Midland, Dow, and the LPGA to ensure the 2021 Dow GLBI is operated safely. A host of safety measures are being planned including social distancing guidelines, hand sanitizing stations, mask requirements, individually packaged food and beverages, and safety volunteer ambassadors.
Why should I volunteer?
Volunteering for the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational is a great way to get behind-the-scenes access to an official LPGA Tour tournament. Other benefits include the opportunity to work with family & friends, make new friends and watch the best female golfers in the world compete. There are over 20 committees so you are sure to find an activity which appeals to your interests. You will also receive a Volunteer Package valued at approximately $400, filled with event gear and passes.
What is included in the cost to volunteer?
The standard volunteer fee includes the uniform (two golf shirts and head wear), one Volunteer Weekly Grounds badge, 2 Weekly Grounds guest tickets, meals during shifts, and invitation to the Volunteer Appreciation Party and the chance to win over $5,000 worth of prizes.
How many days and hours are the shifts?
Volunteers are encouraged to work at least 3 shifts over the course of Tournament Week. Shifts typically last between 4-6 hours. Days and times may vary depending on the specific committee responsibilities.
Do I need golf knowlege to volunteer?
There are volunteer opportunities for everyone! We have several committees to choose from that do not require any golf knowledge. Training sessions are provided for committees that require specific duties.
Are there indoor committees?
Yes, the Media Center, Scoring Central, Transportation, and Volunteer Services are all indoor Committees.
Will I need training? When is volunteer training?
Volunteer training is required for all committees, though the level of training will vary. Training sessions will take place in June & July 2021; times will be announced at a later date. Any questions can be directed to your Committee Chair(s).
Can my children volunteer? Is there an age requirement?
Yes. Children ages 13 to 18 years old can volunteer as Standard Bearers; this committee will be available at a later date. Volunteers for the Transportation Committee must be 25 years of age or older.
Can I be scheduled to work the same time as my spouse or friend?
Using the registration website, you have control over your shifts and times selection. Please coordinate with family and friends when selecting your shifts. If there are not available spots to work with friends, contact your Committee Chair or Cam WIng at
email@example.com and we will try to accommodate.
When will I receive my schedule?
The shifts you select when registering online are tentative shift assignments. Shift assignments will be confirmed in June. Your committee Chair will be in contact concerning tournament information and scheduling details. Walking Scorers & Standard Bearers will receive specific tee time assignments when tee times are released closer to the Tournament.
What do I wear with my uniform?
We ask that all volunteers wear khaki or black bottoms. Men can wear khaki pants or shorts. Ladies can wear khaki capris, pants, or knee length shorts or skorts. Cargo pants and cargo shorts are not permitted. Please do not wear prints.
Can I purchase additional uniform items?
You may purchase an additional shirt online or an optional outerwear item online during registration. If available, additional uniform items will be for sale during Tournament Week in the Volunteer Center.
When will uniforms be distributed?
Uniforms will be distributed a few weeks prior to Tournament week; time and place will be announced at a later date.
What if my uniform doesn't fit?
Volunteer uniforms can be exchanged during Tournament Week in the Volunteer Center.
Can I watch golf when I'm not working?
Yes. Your credential is valid for the entire week and we encourage you to enjoy the Tournament in your free time. Volunteers are welcome to watch golf before or after their shift, and on days off. On days that you are not working, we ask that you please don't wear your Volunteer uniform to reduce confusion.
What should I bring for my volunteer shift?
Depending on your assignment you may want to bring a camping-like folding chair and appropriate weather gear. Keep an eye on the weather and bring an umbrella or jacket if you will need it. Be sure to bring head-wear and plenty of sunscreen if you are working out on the course.
Can I bring my camera or cell phone?
Cameras are not allowed. Cell phones are allowed, but please make sure to keep the ringer on “silent”. Please refrain from taking any photos with your cell phone, Wednesday – Saturday during Tournament play.
May I ask for autographs?
Please refrain from asking players for autographs when you are working as a Volunteer. If you are not working and not in uniform you may get autographs, (please do not interrupt the player’s round). Autographs on the Volunteer uniform are prohibited.
Will food or beverage be provided?
Yes. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for volunteers on their scheduled work days. There will be snacks, coffee, water, and other assorted beverages in Volunteer Center, as well.