Posted: Mar 22, 2013 6:48 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck
Updated: Mar 22, 2013 6:53 PM
The 2013 Chitimacha Louisiana Open is in full swing, where a 144 players are battling it out at Le Triomphe Golf and Country club.
Eighteen of the players competing have won a combined 39 PGA Tour events. Each are trying to get a piece of the $550,000 purse.
The pressure is on for the players trying to make the cut, and trying to win. One volunteer is thrilled to be apart of it.
"I always wanted to be around pro golfers, always been my dream," said Alton Perry.
It's a dream come true for Alton Perry, who's a volunteer with Jr. ROTC at Breaux Bridge high school. this tournament is is first time on a golf course.
"It's a lot of experience, I mean, walking around with them, you know seeing what they do, and keeping score it teaches you a lot," Perry said.
More than 500 volunteers are following the pairings and donating their time with the Louisiana Open. The tournament's goal is to raise a quarter of a million dollars to give back to the groups helping out.
"Our dream is to have so much money to give away three, four, five hundred thousand," tournament director Danny Jones said.
The tournament gives to groups like the Jr. ROTC, area schools, and non-profit organizations like Hearts of Hope. Organizers say volunteers from these organizations are the life blood of the event.
"They are just as important as the corporate donations. Not every everyone can write a check, for five, 10, 20, 50 thousand dollars. But if you have somebody that's willing to give their time, they're just as valuable as the person writing the check," Jones said.