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 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 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,” Lucinda said. “We come out here to volunteer, just like we volunteer at the Matthews Help Center, because we want to give back to the community.”
A friend encouraged Lucinda to become a volunteer at the Wells Fargo Championship while still working, and the Ohio native put her name on the list when she retired. Two years later, Lucinda received an invite from the tournament.
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 like where I work at because we are the first face any of the patrons see,” Lucinda said. “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.”
The Sheers have their favorite golfers to watch but they also have a favorite caddie. They have hosted Terry Walker, who is the caddy for PGA Tour professional Andrew Landry, four times. Landry did not play in the Wells Fargo this year, but they expect to see their favorite caddy the next time he totes Landry’s bag in Charlotte.