Basil Lowell is getting an up-close view of what his life will be like one year from now.
An assistant superintendent at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., Lowell is on the volunteer crew at Baltusrol Golf Club for the PGA Championship. That is the same PGA Championship which is scheduled in 2017 at Quail Hollow Club. He cannot wait.
"Your course is in the national spotlight, and you get to showcase your talents on a worldwide level," Lowell (pictured) says.
Quail Hollow Club is undergoing major changes as its major championship approaches. The transformation from Mini verde bermuda to Champion greens is only part of it for Quail Hollow, home to the PGA Tour's Wells Fargo Championship (in 2017, it will be played at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington in order to make way for the PGA Championship).
Holes are being changed and altered. An example: On No. 1, the hole is being lengthened, converting to a dogleg right, making it a longer par-4 for the pros.
Lowell, who is from Maine and earned his degree from Penn State, is handling tees and approaches at Baltusrol. He is paying close attention to the volunteer process, knowing that those people will be important to the cause a year from now at Quail Hollow.
"They're trying to ensure volunteers are in the best spots to feel confident to succeed so that way they can enjoy their time here," he says.