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Volunteer of the Month

Volunteer of the Month

In April, we honor Roger Waterer as the Volunteer of the Year and our first Volunteer of the Month.
Back home in England during the 60’s and 70’s, golf was viewed as an elitist sport that wasn’t an activity for individuals of his background. It wasn’t until after Roger moved to Connecticut in the late 1970’s that he had his first golf experience at a corporate outing that ended up igniting his passion for the game. He spent 25 years in Connecticut, and wanting to learn more about the game, attended a rules workshop. This was his first formal introduction to the Rules of Golf.
Moving to Phoenix in 2011, his involvement in the AGA began a couple years later with an email to Courtney Smyser asking about any volunteer opportunities as he needed something to do in his retirement. Be careful what you ask for. Roger has since become one of the top Rules Officials in Arizona.
One of his favorite memories officiating with the AGA occurred a short time after he began volunteering. In the 89th Arizona Amateur Championship at Pinnacle Peak in 2013, he worked as an observer with Robin Farran in the quarterfinal and semifinal matches. Match play is a format that has always intrigued him, and watching players of such a high caliber compete against each other was something he had not experienced before. To this day, being a match play referee is one of the most enjoyable assignments for him.
Nowadays, you will find Roger expanding his role outside of just being a Rules Official. He is teaching workshops for junior golfers on the basics of the Rules and helping the AGA with golf course set-up prior to events. Even though he has scored 95 twice on the Rules of Golf test, he admits that there is still a lot to learn.
It seems as though it was just last year the guy with the accent and bucket hat came out to find something to do, but in a short amount of time Roger has become an integral part of the AGA and beyond.