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No More Volunteer Positions Available for 2004 Ryder Cup Matches at Oakland Hills

August 19, 2004

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - All 3,500 volunteer positions have been filled for the 35th Ryder Cup Matches at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township Mich., September 14 - 19, 2004. It took less than one week to fill the remaining 1,000 positions that were available for the general public.

Ryder Cup volunteers will assist tournament officials in a number of operational areas like scoring, transportation, evacuation, medical and ecology. In total, there will be 45 different committees to help administer the 35th Ryder Cup Matches. The volunteers were recruited through the Oakland Hills Country Club membership, their families, local golf clubs and the general public.

"We are extremely pleased that so many people are willing to dedicate their time and service to help make these Matches a tremendous success," said Bob Gigliotti, general chairman of the 35th Ryder Cup Matches.

Those that were not accepted as volunteers can register to purchase tickets at until August 15, 2003. The PGA will conduct a random drawing on Sept. 30, 2003, to determine who will receive tickets.

The Ryder Cup Matches are one of the most spirited, exciting and compelling events in sport-covering nearly 80 years, involving the greatest players in the world and producing some of the greatest moments in the game. Ryder Cup Captain Hal Sutton will lead a U.S. Team that looks to win back the Cup in 2004 from Europe, which scored a stunning 15 to 12 victory over the United States in the 34th Ryder Cup Matches at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England.

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