CHARLOTTE – After long and successful corporate careers, Ric and Lucinda Sheer decided they would spend part of their retirement years giving back to a community they have called home for over 15 years.
The Sheers, who live in the Weddington area, spend one day a week volunteering at the Matthews Help Center. But during the first week of May each year, they turn their attention to the Wells Fargo Championship at the Quail Hollow Club.
Lucinda, who retired in 2008, volunteers at the will call center away from the course. Ric, who retired in 2018, is a marshal on the No. 3 hole. Both worked double shifts April 29 and 30 before taking advantage of their free grounds pass May 1 to watch the action. Lucinda has been a volunteer at the Wells Fargo for 10 years while Ric has been a volunteer for six years.
“We have been a very mobile family over the years, and this is the longest we have been anywhere,” Ric said. “We really love it here. We are trying to enjoy our lives now after spending 40 years at grueling pace.”
“We love being out here,” Lucinda said. “We have been so busy for most of our adult lives, we have never had the opportunity to give back to the community in any way, shape or form. We come out here to volunteer, just like we volunteer at the Matthews Help Center, because we want to give back to the community. This community is wonderful.”
Lucinda was encouraged by a friend to become a volunteer while still working, and when she retired the Ohio native put her name on the list. Two years later, Lucinda got the call from the tournament that her services were needed.
The Wells Fargo Championship uses an army of 2,600 volunteers. There is almost always a waiting list as most volunteers, or ambassadors as they are referred to by the tournament, come back year after year.
Lucinda said she loves interacting with volunteers and fans at the will call center.
“I worked two 12-hour shifts and all the ambassadors that did not pick up their uniforms came to SouthPark to pick them up. That is what I did the last two days,” Lucinda said. “The other people in the will call trailer are fulfilling ticket requests. We are learning a whole new system right now because we are on Ticketmaster. I like where I work at because we are the first face any of the patrons see. Everybody is in a great mood because they are getting ready to watch golf. I just love that.”
As a marshal, Ric works at different spots along the tree-lined par 4 No. 3 hole and almost every group of golfers that passes by provides something different.
“I like being there to be a great ambassador and to represent Charlotte to the fans, the golfers and the caddies,” Ric said. “When you are on the green, that is where you get to watch most of the golf.”
While working his first shift on April 29, Ric Sheer had the chance to talk with a couple of tour caddies and they both heaped praise on the tournament and Charlotte.
“They both said the same thing about coming to Quail Hollow that outside of Augusta National that this is one of the finest golf courses on tour,” he said. “They said it is kept up and it is a pleasure to play. They said they really do a good job here of taking care of the caddies and the pros. So, kudos to the people at Quail Hollow.”
Both the Sheers have their favorite golfers to watch but they also have a favorite caddie. For the past couple of years, they have hosted Terry Walker, who is the caddy for PGA Tour professional Andrew Landry. Landry is not playing in the Wells Fargo this year so Walker is not in town. But they expect to see their favorite caddy the next time he totes Landry’s bag in Charlotte.
“We have him for the whole week,” Lucinda said. “He has stayed with us four times.”