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?

The mental aspect I find so very interesting, it’s always is a fight against yourself. Besides that, the peace you get from the natural and silent surroundings.

How did you end up at BKO and why did you want to contribute to this event?

Through Golf Vlaanderen. For a long time, I wanted to take part in a big international tournament and when I heard of the Belgian Knockout, I didn’t have to think twice. Finally, after 18 years we have a great tournament in Belgium thanks to PietersProductions.

Last year you also were part of the BKO-family. How was your experience and do you think it was a successful event?

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 of BKO18?

The first and only “hole in one”  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 this together.

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

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

What made you return as volunteer this year?

The very enjoyable experience of BKO18 convinced me to go to the Turkish Open and volunteer there as well. I got the hang of it, as BKO19 and the Turkish Open are both marked in my agenda.

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

Certainly. It is a unique opportunity to be part of a great tournament and you can observe everything up close.

What makes BKO unique according to you?

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

What is your most memorable golf experience?

A round of golf at Celtic Manor in Wales. In 2010, I played on the course where the Ryder Cup took place. Next to this… volunteering at BKO18 and the Turkish Open of course

What are you looking forward to the most at BKO19?

The great atmosphere amongst all volunteers.