Ray Berlinger has dedicated his service to Disney’s annual PGA Tour stop for the last 41 years, and is the first person the pros encounter when they arrive.
On Monday, Berlinger’s longtime service was recognized when he was named the 2011 Volunteer of the Year by the PGA Tour.
Tournament director Kevin Weickel says:
Ray has registered every PGA Tour professional since the first Disney Classic in 1971. In that time, he has epitomized the volunteer spirit through his gracious service and tireless effort.
The retired Disney World finance manager also announces each golfer on the Magnolia course’s first tee, in addition to his work as a player liaison. In the announcement, Berlinger said that “to represent the tens of thousands of volunteers who give of their time across the PGA TOUR’s 40-plus events… is such an honor.”
Berlinger then went on to say that being a volunteer has been “a unique and rewarding experience all these years.”