During her 64 years at the Riviera Country Club, Phyllis Wade has done everything from filling goodie bags, to putting trash boxes together, to even babysitting the golfers' kids.
"The way I started volunteering … I had a friend who was a member. And he called and he said, 'Would you like to work for the tournament this week?' And I said, 'Sure, why not?' He says, 'Good, because I already signed you up!'" recounted Wade.
Northern Trust Open General Manager Mike Bone told Patch the tournament has 30 volunteer chairs who manage about 900 volunteers.
"Not insignificantly, it also generates over $22 million each year in economic activity here in the market, which is the equivalent of about 200 full-time jobs," said Bone. "And in today's economic market, I think that's pretty significant."
Bone also said the tour generated over $1.6 million for local charities last year alone.
Being a Santa Monica resident, Phyllis told Patch the Riviera is one of her favorites.
"I enjoy doing it. And I figure, as long as I'm able, I'll keep doing it … as long as they want me," said Wade.
Watch the video for more from Phyllis and her memories at the Riviera.
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- For a live blog from Day Four at the Northern Trust Open, click here.
- For a video interview of Mickelson at the end of the third round, click here.
- For the LA Times story about Mickelson's commute by air, click here.
- For a live blog from Day Three at the Northern Trust Open, click here.
- For a story about how some Southern Californians make attending the tournament a tradition each year, click here.
- For a live blog from Day Two at the Northern Trust Open, click here.
- For reaction from Southern Californians about Day One at the Riviera, click here.
- For a live blog from Day One at the Northern Trust Open, click here.
- For the story about military moms-to-be who were honored at the Riviera during the practice round, click here.
- For a story from the LA Times about the buzz surrounding this year's tournament, click here.