29 April 2019

Volunteer of the week: Bruno Vermeire

Name: Bruno Vermeire

Age: 55 years old

Residence: Antwerp

Club: Golf club Beveren

Handicap: 18.5


What do you do in your daily life?

I am an Area Sales Manager for an American multinational.

What do you like most about golf?

For me the mental aspect is very interesting, it always is a fight against yourself. Next to this, silence and the natural environment during the game bring me peace.

How did you end up at BKO and why did you want to cooperate?

I got into contact with the BKO through Golf Vlaanderen. For a long time I wanted to take part in a big international tournament and when I heard that BKO would be organised in Belgium, I didn’t have to think twice. Finally, after 18 years, we have a great tournament again in Belgium thanks to PietersProductions.

Last year you were part of the BKO-family, how was your experience? Do you think it was a successful event?

Last year, it was a successful first edition and I was happy to be part of it.

What were your main duties during BKO18?

Our golf club was responsible for hole 15 and I was Hole Captain.

What is your most beautiful memory from last year?

The first and only “hole in one” on our hole by the Swede Pontus Widegren. It was a beautiful moment and I was lucky to be part of it. We had a very nice group of Hole Marshals. You really get to know each other during these 4 days, and you especially start appreciating one another, as we are all in the same boat.

Who was your favorite player at BKO18 and who would you like to see at BKO19?

Of course our Belgian players, however I also support Soren Kjeldsen.

Did you enjoy it yourself and what made you come back this year?

It has been a very enjoyable experience and this has convinced me to go to the Turkish Open and volunteer there as well. I got the hang of it and BKO19 as well as the Turkish Open are both marked in my agenda.

Would you recommend it to others to become a volunteer at BKO and why?

Certainly. It is a unique opportunity to be part of a great tournament and watch everything from the first row.

What makes BKO unique according to you?

The unique formula, this makes it exciting in my opinion.

Why does everybody should come to BKO?

It is a unique opportunity to watch the highest level of golf in Belgium.

What is your most memorable golf experience?

A golf round at Celtic Manor in Wales. In 2010, I played on the course where the Ryder Cup took place that year. Next to this amazing course, volunteering at BKO18 and the Turkish Open have been amazing experiences as well.

What are you looking forward to the most during BKO19?

The great atmosphere among all volunteers.