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PGA Championship's volunteers get ready for the big event

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By Nikki Gaskins
ngaskins@abcnews4.com

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV)—While the PGA Championship isn't until a few more weeks, volunteers are already prepping for the big event. Celebrating its 94th year, the PGA Championship will for the first time take place in South Carolina at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in August.

On Friday, volunteers were able to pick up their packets at the North Charleston Coliseum. The packets included their credentials, uniforms and meal vouchers.

"I'm assigned to a particular hole, so I'll be monitoring of the holes out there," said volunteer, Ed Barfield.

Nancy Player, a local volunteer, will be staying nice and cool in her role.

"This time I'm going to be in the air conditioned tent selling merchandise," said Player.

While the volunteers have to pay to take part in the PGA, doing so comes with many perks.

According to Karen Davidson, the PGA volunteer administration manager, volunteers pay about $200. This gets them up and close to the all the big-named golfers, free food, and free passes to the tournament even when they are not volunteering. To attend the entire championship alone will cost the average person about $500—this excludes food.

The volunteers must undergo about three hours of training on site and inside a classroom style setting.

The PGA Championship is expected to attract more than 200,000 spectators, boosting the Palmetto State's economy, according to economists by $193 million.

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