Video: Volunteers sustain U.S. Open leaderboard tradition

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By Curt Chandler
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

At the high tech U.S. Open, where a credit card company provides its customers electronic devices to follow every player's score, loyal fans of the game pay their own way to post scores by hand on manual leaderboards.

   
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The leaderboards overlook every hole at Oakmont Country Club, opposite fans in the grandstands, to list the players at that hole and the current tournament leaders. Behind the leaderboards, volunteer crews sort through foot-tall magnetic numbers and letters that adhere to hinged metal doors that swing up and down for changes.

Vince Cardullo first volunteered to work a leaderboard five years ago at a course near his home in Farmingdale, on New York's Long Island. He assembled the crew of his friends, all in their mid-forties, working behind the scenes yesterday on the leaderboard overlooking the fourth hole at Oakmont. He was joined by Todd Hadley, of Sacramento, Calf., Damian Moore, of Sarver, Butler County, and John Nader, a resident of Sanibel Island, Florida, who grew up in New Kensington and worked at Oakmont as a bartender nearly two decades ago. The men smoke cigars, sip an occasional beer and banter back and forth. They keep score of upside down numbers and misspelled names ("It's Block, not Beck, that's a double bogey!") and get to watch the tournament from a platform above the crowd.

They get their information from Matthew Gouveia, a college-aged volunteer from Elizabeth, who deftly translates names and numbers from a hand-held computer while standing in the rough in front of the board.

Cardullo said the volunteers travel at their own expense and pay $140 to work the tournament. In exchange they get a couple of golf shirts, a hat, a raincoat, a great view of the action and a weekend away to share with good friends. The retro-style leaderboards "kind of remind me of Fenway Park," he said.

He's already volunteered to run a U.S. Open leaderboard again next year.

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