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Volunteers come from near and far at the Barbasol Championship

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
OPELIKA, AL (WSFA) -

The Barbasol Championship is driven by volunteers dedicating their time for the week.

From Puerto Rico to volunteering in North Carolina, to backpacking across Canada, all the way to the Barbasol Championship. This might sound like travel plans for someone planning to compete in the tournament this week, but that's actually the path that Gabriela Ilarraza took to end up as a volunteer in Opelika, Alabama.

"I like meeting new people. People ask me a lot about my country. It's been a cultural experience for sure" said volunteer, Gabriela Ilarraza.

Gabriela has been volunteering all over the world for the past few years, but for some of the volunteers you'll meet at the Barbasol Championship, it's all about keeping things local.

Born and raised in Opelika, Sarah Brewer has been volunteering at the Barbasol Championship since she was 16 years old. She's now 18 and the youngest Hospitality Chairman at the tournament, but she refuses to let her age stand in her way.

"Sometimes when the older men try to bug you for some extra shirts, it can be a little intimidating, but we make it work," said Sarah Brewer.

Sarah says that she owes her progression at the tournament to her work ethic.

"I got here at 5 a.m. every day, and I left when the last player left the course," said Sarah Brewer.

Volunteer recruitment started in October 2016 to rally up enough help for the 2017 Barbasol Championship. This year over 1,000 volunteers can be seen at the tournament.

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