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Become a Volunteer

Join hundreds of NCGA volunteers and become part of the amazing team supporting golf across Northern California.

Volunteer with the NCGA

Our incredible team of more than 300 volunteers make everything we do possible. We invite you to join us in our efforts, and become eligible for fantastic benefits!

There are two volunteer categories: Tournament Officials and Course Raters. Tournament Officials administer all of our NCGA events and Course Raters visit golf courses to evaluate the course rating and slope.  

Once your application is accepted, you will be onboarded through our training program to familiarize you with our systems and processes. This ensures you have the confidence and knowledge to get out there and collaborate with the wider NCGA team.


Volunteer Responsibilities

Tournament Officials

You will be responsible for conducting NCGA tournaments, officiating the rules, and monitoring the pace of play to ensure a first-rate experience. Assignments include starter, rover, live scorer, match referee, and more. Rules training available.

Course Raters

You will work in a team of 6-14 depending on the facility we visit. Course rating is an all-day affair that includes collecting data on players’ landing zones and looking up table values based on our on-course measurements. Lunch is included.

Great Volunteer Benefits

Free Golf Opportunities

Rounds at Poppy Hills, Poppy Ridge, and, on occasion, Spyglass Hill.

Free Volunteer Apparel

Score yourself some NCGA-branded shirts, vests, jackets, hats, and more!

Golf Shop Discounts

Exclusive 30% discount at the Poppy Hills and Poppy Ridge pro shops.

Connect With Our Team

Deepen your game knowledge while enjoying the team camaraderie.

Access High-Profile Events

Support events such as the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, U.S. Open Qualifying, college tournaments, and other elite professional tours.

Become a Tournament Official Volunteer

If you are interested in conducting NCGA tournaments as a volunteer, please apply by these deadlines:

  • Spring intake – Apply from June 1 to November 30
  • Fall intake – Apply from December 1 to May 31.

The application process includes an interview and a ride-along with an NCGA staff or board member to observe what goes on at a typical tournament day and ask questions.

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Become a Course Rater Volunteer

The path to becoming a volunteer Course Rater starts with putting your name down on our waiting list.

Please get in touch with NCGA Course Rating Manager, Jeremy Gray, for more information on the current wait list and the process to become a Course Rater.

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NCGA Volunteers of the Year

Each year, the NCGA recognizes its top Tournament Officials and Course Raters from the previous season. Maybe one day you’ll find yourself on this list!

Tournament Official of the Year

2023 Stacey Baba
2022 Joe Cioni
2021 Drew Boyd
2020 Phil Sexton
2019 Lynne Gangi
2018 Joan Caldwell
2017 Michael Sheragy
2016 Karl Rodefer
2015 KC Cote
2014 Peter Leimpeter
2013 Sandra Hinzmann
2012 Doug Beaumont

Course Rater of the Year

2023 Bob Benefiel
2022 Alicia Meiners
2021 Jerry Zavagno
2020 Kern Hunewill
2019 Keith Schwartz
2018 Jim Mahaney
2017 Ed Hashim
2016 Thomas Huckaby
2015 Chuck Jett
2014 Richard Schoellhorn
2013 William Hagan
2012 David Pearson