10 April 2019
Volunteer of the week: Bart Van den Bussche
Name: Bart Van den Bussche
Age: 49 years old
Club: AGS (Antwerp Golfschool)
For how long have you been playing golf?
Since September 2015.
What do you like most about golf?
Being outside in a beautiful setting, preparing your next move and knowing what you can and can’t do. The euphoria that can prevail after a good hit is sometimes indescribable.
How did you end up at BKO and why did you want to contribute to this event?
I love to help people. I played basketball before and I know how many volunteers you need in order to run a club. That’s why I signed up as a volunteer in my club AGS. For example, I am a member of the sports committee, a Rabbits captain and I am an active member of the marshal working at AGS.
An event like this can only succeed with motivated, enthusiastic employees and volunteers. Since BKO is an international event, I definitely wanted to take part!
Last year you also were part of the BKO-family. How was your experience and do you think it was a successful event?
Fantastic. There were a lot of people we had never seen before, however we got along immediately because we all shared the same passion: golf. There was a strong community, everyone wanted to help wherever possible. The nice get-togethers at the start and end of the day were great. I think the event was fantastic. That’s why I immediately signed up for this year’s edition as well.
What were your main duties during BKO18?
Last year I was hole marshal for 4 days but I also did take on some other tasks during my free time: carry board, walking score and walking marshal.
What is your most beautiful memory of BKO18?
The approachability of top golf players and the gathering of all volunteers on hole 18 with BKO18 champion Adrian Otaegui.
Who was your favorite player of BKO18 and who would you like to see at BKO19?
Obviously, I was supporting for all Belgians. Last year I also was walking scorer for Aron Rai. A real example pro: friendly and respectful towards us. He came to thank us after his flight, a really great man!!
Who I definitely would like to see at BKO19 are Thomas Pieters, Thomas Detry, Nicolas Colsaerts and certainly Aron Rai as well. It would also be nice to see another top European Tour player from the Ryder Cup.
Did you enjoy it yourself and what made you come back this year?
Absolutely, I didn’t hesitate for one moment and immediately took 4 days off from work! The feeling of unity and excellent organisation makes it all worth it.
Would you recommend it to others to become a BKO volunteer and why?
Of course, I recommended it to everyone in our club. The response from AGS was huge.
What makes BKO unique according to you?
The atmosphere, the employees, the beautiful location at Rinkven and certainly the formula.
What are you looking forward to the most during BKO19?
A great atmosphere amongst the public and the volunteers. I also hope for a win from one of our Belgian players.