Marcy Channon, 18, directed volunteers in the organized chaos that was the U.S. Open merchandising tent at Chambers Bay on Friday. While working there, she’s done everything from pricing items to stocking and directing.
Channon, of Gig Harbor, is one of many volunteers who have been working at the golf course through the tournament.
The 115th U.S. Open championship brought tens of thousands of people to Chambers Bay each day. On television, more than 11 million viewers tuned in to the final. The merchandise tent was a central hub in Spectator Square.
The USGA had to restock the merchandise tent after the pre-championship sale at the golf course. Many items sold out.
Channon did everything from pricing to organizing volunteers. She would arrive at Chambers Bay at 5:30 a.m. and wouldn’t leave until around 10 p.m.
Although she’s home for the summer, she hasn’t had much time to rest or spend time with friends.
“My friend texted and asked if I’m alive,” she said. “I figured two weeks of the long hours won’t kill me.”
Working at a local event brought some familiar faces that she hadn’t seen in awhile.
“I’ve seen so many people from the community that I haven’t seen in years,” Channon said.
After her U.S. Open summer, Channon is on to a new adventure. She’ll be studying abroad in Shanghai. It’s a chance for her to work on her Chinese; she’s a former student in the Chinese language program at PHS.
She’s studying advertising at Pepperdine University, so the work with the USGA event provided learning opportunities. She was impressed by the amount of time the USGA spent researching the Pacific Northwest before choosing merchandise options and colors.
That’s why shirts used UW, WSU and Seahawks color schemes and also why items such as growlers for microbrews were available.
Channon and the other interns have been staying is sorority houses on the University of Puget Sound campus. Interns have come to the South Sound from all over the county, and Channon has become a de facto tour guide. She led the interns on a tour of Seattle before the tournament.
“It’s fun to show them our ways,” she said.
She took them to “the basics” of Seattle: the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, the Great Wheel. The time spent with the other interns both in the store and after work has been special.
“I’ve definitely found some people that I mesh with well,” she said.