Nancy Ariansen named Champions Tour Volunteer of the Tournament

The ACE Group Classic, along with the Champions Tour, announced today that Nancy Ariansen has been named the Champions Tour Volunteer of the Tournament for her loyal service over the last 11 years at the Naples event. 

Ariansen receives a Champions Tour-logoed Waterford crystal gift and will now become a finalist for the Champions Tour's Volunteer of the Year award at the conclusion of the 2012 season. She will also receive a personal note from Champions Tour President Mike Stevens in recognition of his achievement.

At each Champions Tour event, an individual is recognized for outstanding service and dedication above and beyond the expectation of a volunteer and that person becomes a finalist for the year-end award.

Volunteers are always present, but often unnoticed, at all PGA TOUR co-sanctioned events, with approximately 1,000 people providing their time and efforts at each Champions Tour tournament. Their selfless efforts have helped the PGA TOUR and its tournaments donate more than $1.7 billion to charity over the years, including more than $118 million last year.

Lesley Baker, Tournament Director of the ACE Group Classic, along with tournament staff, volunteer leaders and Champions Tour Advance Rules/Operations Officials determined the Volunteer of the Tournament by considering the qualities and attributes to select an individual who:

  • Made a difference in tournament operations
  • Consistently stepped up to take on additional responsibilities.
  • Went beyond assigned duties to create a positive outcome.
  • Set an outstanding example for others.
  • Despite hardship, handicap or inconvenience, was dependable and performed responsibilities with a cheerful attitude.


Ariansen grew up in suburban Boston, but she and her husband, Bud, moved permanently to Naples in 2009. In addition to working at the ACE Group Classic, she has also served as a volunteer at the Franklin Templeton Shootout for 10 years and has worked at the Deutsche Bank Championship near Boston as well as the LPGA's Sybase Classic.

Ariansen works in the tournament office at the ACE Group Classic, both during the week of the event and the week prior. She fields calls, answers questions from callers, and is the first face people see when they walk into the on-site facility. In a sometimes frantic environment, Ariansen handles every project in a professional manner and is as much a part of the Octagon team as any of the full-time tournament staffers.

"Nancy goes out of her way to ensure all of our staff are happy and helps provide what they need in order to execute our event to the highest standard possible," Baker said. "She leads by example, is level-headed and easy to communicate with, and approaches everyone with a warm smile and a willingness to get the job done no matter the challenge. We congratulate Nancy and know we are very fortunate to have her involved with our event."

"Congratulations to Nancy for being named as the Champions Tour Volunteer of the Tournament," said Mike Stevens, President of the Champions Tour. "Typical of the thousands of volunteers who devote their time and efforts throughout the year, Nancy stands out as a fine example of the people who have become part of the fabric of the Champions Tour and have helped us to realize the success we enjoy. We thank her, and recognize her for her incredible dedication to the ACE Group Classic."


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