Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Clean Behind the scenesVolunteers Happy to Do Dirty Work; Trash Pickup, Recycling Duties Are Helping Put a Good Face on Classic

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Clean Behind the scenesVolunteers Happy to Do Dirty Work; Trash Pickup, Recycling Duties Are Helping Put a Good Face on Classic

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Byline: Mike Morrison

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA. There's a trick to trash collection on a golf course, especially on a windy day.

Ask McGladrey Classic ecology committee volunteer Chris Wilcox, who roamed the Sea Island Golf Club's Seaside course Friday in the seemingly never-ending hunt for wrappers and water bottles blowing in the wind.

It's not so much the gathering of the debris, Wilcox said, as it is doing it in way that won't disturb the players. PGA touring pros, he noted, are finicky about noise and other disturbances, especially when they're about to blast a drive off the tee on a hole that could make or break their tournament.

"Trying to keep these bags quiet by the tee boxes," Wilcox said, holding up an opaque plastic sack that cooperated in the explanatory process by flapping annoyingly in the stiff breeze that blew in off St. Simons Sound. "That's our challenge."

The bags, it turns out, have been rattling in their racks, which are positioned near the tee boxes for the convenience of the players. But Wilcox and fellow volunteer Ed DiTommoso have worked diligently to devise a means of placing the bags precisely in the racks so as to minimize noise pollution.

"A lot of people won't go to such great lengths," Wilcox said jokingly.

"Otherwise, they'd be flapping around in the wind, and we'd feel guilty if the noise distracts Davis," DiTommoso said.

Island resident Davis Love III, a PGA touring pro, is the tournament host. The tournament benefits his Davis Love Foundation, which funds area charitable organizations.

Actually, keeping the course clean is a great concern for Love and tournament organizers as they try to put on a good face for the players, fans, golf writers and TV cameras.

Tournament manager Courtney Stiles said some 25 volunteers are on the ecology committee. …

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