June 1 - 7, 2020

Volunteer of the Year


2003 marked the kickoff of an annual campaign to recognize over 2,600 volunteers from the Memorial Tournament's Women's Division who selflessly dedicate their time for their love of children and passion for golf. The Memorial Tournament, in conjunction with Dispatch Group Marketing Solutions and Children's Hospital, created the Volunteer of the Year campaign. In 2004 Roxane Laboratories has joined this community partnership to help raise awareness of this volunteer group and to recognize one individual who has exhibited exemplary service throughout the years.

In 2003 Jan Catherwood was named the first recipient of this honor. She perfectly exemplifies the dedication and undying passion that can be attributed to so many volunteers.

First learning of the Memorial Tournament from an article in The Columbus Dispatch, Jan has volunteered for the Tournament since its inception in 1976. A native of Barnesville, Ohio and now a resident of Florida, she dedicates her time every year to supporting the Memorial. At one time she was the only woman to volunteer that was not a resident of Columbus or its surrounding region.

Over the years Jan has been involved in several volunteer areas including walking scorers, courtesy cars, status boards, green-side reporters and official PGA TOUR board. She has shared her passion with others recruiting family members and friends from across the country to volunteer.

A retired schoolteacher, Jan is an avid golfer and makes it a priority to support her community in Florida. She is very involved in her church and volunteers throughout the year at various community functions. Jan was the 2003 Memorial Tournament Volunteer of the Year, recognized for her widespread commitment to serving others and incessant dedication to the Memorial Tournament.

About the Award

Volunteers are at the heart of the Memorial Tournament’s dedication to the Memorial Tournament Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Every year thousands of volunteers share their passion for helping others by giving their time and talents to the success of the Tournament.

More than thirty Nationwide Children's Hospital Auxilians serve on the the Memorial Tournament Volunteer Committee, benefiting Nationwide Children's Hospital. They are responsible for recruiting, scheduling and managing volunteers throughout the Tournament. This dedicated committee, representing the Memorial Tournament and Nationwide Children's Hospital, works to ensure professionalism from all Tournament volunteers.

For every hour worked by one of the volunteers of the Memorial Tournament Volunteer Committee, a donation is made to the Memorial Tournament NICU. It is in recognition of these selfless men and women that the Tournament annually honors an individual as the Volunteer of the Year.

The program began in 2003 and has since celebrated a recipient of the coveted award each year.

The Memorial Tournament Volunteer Committee kicks off the nomination process each year by requesting that each of the 15 committees recommend potential candidates. From those recommendations the top three candidates are chosen and voted on by a select committee of Tournament Officials. The Volunteer of the year is formally announced each May just prior to the start of Tournament week.

The Memorial's Volunteer of the Year award is supported by: