Thursday, December 8, 2016

2017 PLAYERS Championship Volunteer Program Update

We have been truly overwhelmed by the responses received since launching the online application form.  In just a matter of weeks the program filled up and we reached our goal of 80 volunteers.  We are very excited about the team that will assemble in May for the Championship and apologize to anyone who wanted to join us.  If were planning on applying for a position on the team please be advised that applications are still being accepted and a waiting list has been established for all future applicants.  The waiting list will be utilized to fill any positions that may become vacant in the lead up to the Championship.  Follow the link below to access the online application form.  


Please contact us with any questions regarding the Championship or the volunteer program at: 

tpcsawgrassagronomy@gmail.com

Saturday, October 22, 2016

2017 PLAYERS Championship Agronomy Volunteer Registration Now Open

As the 2017 PGA Tour season has started, we too have started our preparations for the 2017 PLAYERS Championship. It is at this time we wish to extend an invitation to you or a member of your team to join us for the week of the championship. 

Our goal this year is to assemble a team of 80 volunteers for the full week of competition. We anticipate filling these 80 positions quickly so if you are interested in joining us please completed the online application form as soon as possible. Once we reach our target of 80 volunteers, a waiting list will be developed to ensure that we maintain this number in case there are any drop outs.

The volunteer program is such an integral element to the success of our operation during the championship and we hope the experience is just as rewarding to everyone who joins us.  The only requirement for volunteering is that you are currently working in the turfgrass industry or enrolled in a turfgrass program at college or university. As in years past you will only be responsible for transportation to the Jacksonville area, from that point we will supply accommodation, meals and uniforms. 

Volunteer Dates:

  •       Arrival prior to 4pm Saturday, May 6th (Arrival can be as early as Thursday, May 4th)
  •     Departure post final set up on Sunday, May 14th (Departure can be as late as Tuesday, May 16th) 

We ask that all volunteers arrive on Saturday, May 6th at 4pm for dinner and an informative meeting to review the tournament week.  This will also allow us to have an extra day to practice set up for the tournament on Sunday, May 7th


*We encourage anyone flying in to Jacksonville to fly in a day earlier to allow for more flexibility with travel plans.  We also encourage everyone to depart on Monday, May 15th as you will be able to enjoy the rest of the championship on Sunday and partake in the closest to the pin competition on Monday morning. *

Please follow the link below and complete the online form to submit your application to the program. 


Once you have submitted your application we will contact you within one week to confirm acceptance of your application. Please ensure you have a working email address and that you supply accurate telephone numbers. Please note that flight information can be supplied at a later date.  If you have any questions during the application process, please email us at tpcsawgrassagronomy@gmail.com.  If you have any questions in regards to the volunteer program, please email Clay Breazeale or Lucas Andrews.


Thank you all again for your dedication to us and to The PLAYERS Championship.  We hope to see you all in May!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Interview with Director of Golf Course Operations Jeff Plotts

Live Periscope interview with Jeff Plotts, Director of Golf Operations at TPC Sawgrass during this year’s PLAYERS Championship. Jeff arrived at TPC Sawgrass in September just prior to the Web.com Championship. Jeff shares his thoughts on his first 8 months, building on the past success and his future goals and how the course is setting up for this week’s PLAYERS.



TPC Sawgrass Agronomy Staff Serve as Military Honor Guard

Saturday, February 27, 2016

THE PLAYERS Stadium: 2016 Interns

From Left to Right - Anthony Piropato, Tyler Vizzutti & J.T. Hauser


Anthony Piropato is an intern on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course that will be returning to school at Sandhills Community College (Pinehurst, NC) following the completion of his internship. He was born in Long Island, New York and spent the last ten years living on the outskirts of Charlotte, North Carolina. He discovered his passion for Agronomy at Trump Charlotte and afterward completed a two year internship at Pinehurst Resorts & C.C. He volunteered to assist the Agronomy team for preparation of THE PLAYERS in 2015 and fell in love with the property as well as the TPC organization.  He looks forward to growing his knowledge in the industry from his experience at TPC Sawgrass in hopes of one day being a successful golf course superintendent.

Tyler Vizzutti is an intern on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course that graduated in 2014 with a Diploma in Turfgrass Management from Olds College in Alberta, Canada.  In 2003 he also received a Diploma in Golf Club Management & Operations from Selkirk College in British Columbia, Canada. He is originally from Powell River, British Columbia where he spent 8 seasons as a Golf Shop Assistant at Myrtle Point Golf Club. In 2009 he took a Greenskeeper’s position at Predator Ridge Golf Resort in Vernon, British Columbia spending 6 seasons and progressing to a Foreman’s position in 2014. In April of 2015, Tyler began his 18-month internship at TPC Sawgrass with the goal of gaining valuable warm-season grass experience, after which he will return to his Foreman’s position at Predator Ridge in October 2016 while pursuing his next position abroad. Tyler has a passion for golf and the golf industry and continues to strive to achieve his career goal of General Manager at a golf course property.

JT Hauser is an intern on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course that received an Associates in Applied Science – Golf Course and Athletic Field Maintenance degree at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, IA.  He is originally from Freeport, IL, where he attended Highland Community College in Freeport for two years and played NJCAA baseball. He transferred to the University of Iowa and graduated with Bachelor of Science – Political Science degree.  Following graduation he worked at Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City, IA, where his passion for turfgrass management began. His previous job experience includes Brown Deer Golf Club in Coralville, IA and a summer internship at the Chicago Golf Club. Following the completion of his internship post-THE PLAYERS, he will be returning to Chicago Golf Club as an Assistant Golf Course Superintendent in Training.
Outside of school he enjoys golfing, fishing, and anything to deal with horticulture. He enjoys spending time with family and friends. He is also an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan, along with the Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, and Bulls.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

2016 PLAYERS Championship Volunteer Program Update

As of today, 02/21/16, the 2016 PLAYERS Championship Volunteer Program has reached capacity.   To date, 90 applications have been received and confirmed and we are very excited with the team that has been assembled.  The 2016 Volunteer Team is comprised of industry professionals from 18 states and 14 different countries.  

The online application form will remain active and applications will continue to be received. If any applications are received after today they will be added to a waiting list.  Thank you to everyone who has expressed interest in the Volunteer program and to all of the confirmed volunteers!

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