Volunteers Selected For Gleneagles Ryder Cup

There may be 17 months to go but Ryder Cup fever is already rearing its head. And a large part of the organisation of the world’s biggest golf festival has been boxed off: the choosing of the volunteers.

More than 17,000 hopefuls from 27 different countries applied for just 1,800 roles at Gleneagles next September. Around half of those selected to be safety marshals, buggy drivers and sales assistants are from across Scotland.

Ryder Cup Europe received the largest number of applications for a volunteer programme in the tournament's history after launching a search in February this year.

Antonia Beggs, operations director for The 2014 Ryder Cup, said: "The level of applications for our volunteer programme is unprecedented and we would like to thank everybody who took the time to apply.

"The process demonstrates the extraordinary appeal of The 2014 Ryder Cup, both in Scotland and throughout the rest of the world.

"It truly is a unique sporting event and people just want to play their part."

European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley added, "No golf tournament could exist without volunteers and that is especially true in terms of a competition of the size and magnitude of the Ryder Cup, so I thank them all for their participation," the Irishman said.

You can see why so many people applied; each volunteer will get a guaranteed half day of viewing time on course during each day of competition.

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