Garden City Telegram Pro-Am 2013 Special Section - page 6

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It should come as no surprise to find Deann
Gillen volunteering at the annual Southwest Kansas
Pro-Am, which begins later this week at The Golf
Club at Southwind and Buffalo Dunes Golf Course.
For 23 of the previous 33 Pro-Ams, Gillen is
easy to locate — just go to the big scoreboard area
near the Southwind clubhouse and the scoring tent
behind the No. 9 green and there she is.
“Just looking back, it’s pretty amazing that I’ve
been helping that long,” said Gillen, whose “paying”
job is the Executive Director of Beef Empire Days.
“I just started out on the scoreboard, mostly because
my mom (Dolores) was doing that.”
Eventually, Deann assumed the overall responsi-
bilities of the scoring system, which means finding
volunteers to work at both courses, located a few
miles apart.
“In the early years, it was picking up five or six
scorecards, then getting in the car and driving them
to Buffalo Dunes and bringing back cards from there
to make sure we got them posted at both places,”
Gillen said. “Now, with the computer technology, we
get the cards, input the scores and they go directly
into the Adams Golf site. The amateur scores are
emailed back and forth, so we both have up to date
information. It’s so much easier, so much quicker.”
Gillen said becoming a volunteer was a natural
fit, especially considering that she played golf at
Garden City High School and then went on to play at
Wichita State University.
“I do enjoy it (volunteering),” Gillen said. “I take
dear the sport, having played in college and being
involved in it all my life. I just feel it is important
to support everyone and the tournament has such a
good cause.”
That cause is the St. Catherine Hospital Newborn
Intensive Care Unit, which has been the recipient
of nearly $800,000 through the three-plus decades of
the Pro-Am.
“With all the computer technology, we don’t need
as many volunteers as we once had,” said Gillen. “I
suppose in the early years we would have as many
as 24 at both places per shift and now we have about
16. It’s just so much simpler.”
Gillen said that she would have several new vol-
unteers this year, including a couple who had moved
away from Garden City but called and asked if they
could come back and help during the tournament
this year.
“It’s pretty easy for me to find the volunteers for
the scoreboard because they all enjoy it,” Gillen
said. “I just pick up the phone and say, ‘what shift
do you want to work and how many do you want to
Gillen said that many of the players who have
stayed with her parents have become lifetime friends
of the family and remain in touch even if they don’t
Becky Malewitz/Telegram
Deann Gillen has
been volunteering in
the scoreboard area
at the Southwest
Kansas Pro-Am for
the past 23 years.
Once again, she
will be making sure
that accurate scores
are posted for this
year’s tournament at
Buffalo Dunes Golf
Course and The Golf
Club at Southwind.
Gillen is a native of
Garden City, who
also played golf at
Garden City High
School and then
played collegiate
golf at Wichita State
Gillen knows the score at Pro-Am tourney
See Score, Page 25
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