Damon Simmons has become a regular face among the team of marshals in the past 20 years. *Photo supplied
Damon Simmons has become a regular face among the team of marshals in the past 20 years. *Photo supplied

The PGA Grand Slam would not be possible if it was not for the hard work and dedication of hundreds of volunteers.

And for the last seven years Damon Simmons has become a familiar face on the greens and fairways of Port Royal as he and his team of marshals control the crowds.

More than 100 marshals ensure that the professional golfers can get on with their job of entertaining the vast crowds that descend on the idyllic course in Southampton every October.

They are up at the crack of dawn to start preparations and are often the last to leave the course at the end of the day.

Mr Simmons, who works for Stevedoring Services Ltd, told the Bermuda Sun it was a job he took great pride in.

He added: “I love golf, so to be able to meet these guys and walk next to them is an amazing experience.

“It’s a great way of picking up tips for my game too.

“But more importantly you feel like you are helping to promote Bermuda and do something for your country.”

The 59-year-old marshall captain from Pembroke added: “It’s a lot of work but we would not do it if we didn’t enjoy it.

“Over the years our job has become easier because many of the marshals have done it before and so know what they are doing. And the crowds in Bermuda are always respectful and easy going.

“This year was another fantastic year for the Grand Slam and it was great to be a part of. 

“The calibre of players that come to Bermuda just gets better and better.” n