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Volunteer Profile: Jackie Foltz
Volunteering is just something that needs to be done. That’s what Jackie Foltz believes. It’s what makes it possible for large events such as the 2017 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Flint Hills National Golf Club to take place.
Foltz decided to volunteer because she believes in paying it forward. She is one of 350 volunteers the club is relying on during the weeklong championship.
This is not Foltz’s first experience volunteering for a national championship. She also volunteered to help organize the 2007 USGA Senior Amateur Championship at Flint Hills National.
Her continued involvement at the club is due in large part to her friendship with Flint Hills National President Jeff Johnson, whom she met at a volunteer event for Lou Gehrig’s disease.
For Foltz, volunteering at the club is all about giving back to the community. Volunteering is her greatest joy; she loves getting to meet and learn from new people. The people she has met at Flint Hills National through this experience are ones she will not soon forget.
“Everyone is so positive and has a high respect for the game and a high respect for people,” Foltz said. “The generosity, kindness and goodwill are amazing.”
The chance for Wichita to host a national championship is not one to be taken for granted. It’s an “honor and a privilege” Foltz said, and could have a positive economic impact for Wichita.
She hopes that everyone who visits Wichita for the championship will always remember their time in the city and will ask themselves why they hadn’t come to Kansas sooner.