13 May 2019

Volunteer of the week: Eddy Jacobs

Name: Eddy Jacobs

Age: 53 years old

Residence: Wilrijk

Club: Drie Eycken

Handicap: 28.6


What do you do in your daily life?

I work part-time for a family business, where I assist the manager in the further development of his business. Starting the second semester, I will work as a youth coach. A conscious move because I think there is more and more pressure in our society and I think it will be hard for future generations.

Since when do you play golf?

I’ve been playing golf for 6 years now.

What do you like most about golf?

The best thing about golf is the social aspect. On the one hand, being together with friends and on the other hand getting to know new people through competitions at the club.
Besides that, it brings me relaxation where I refer to what I said earlier. There is too much tension around us and golf helps me and hopefully many others to relieve it.

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

I think, like many others, I got involved in the BKO for the club and because of the enthusiasm of our hole captain Rudi Aernouts. Representing your club still has a meaning and, in this way, together with the other volunteers, I contribute to the family friendly and accessible image of Drie Eycken.

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

That was just AMAZING. The weather was good, the facilities both on and off the field were fantastic and with players on that level you can only say that a second (and third?) edition was approved by the European Tour with good reason. Of course, it was a more than successful event for me.

What were your main duties during BKO18?

Last year we were responsible for hole 13 (just like this year by the way) and it was my job to guide the players from hole 12 – where the “beat the pro match” took place – to our tee box. This always got things going, because the public wants to get close. Especially when our boys came through. For me, this was intensely positive for every flight over the four days.

What is your most beautiful memory from last year?

Finally, after four amazing days, the fraternization with all volunteers and the organization, including Thomas Pieters himself, at the BBQ.

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

I hope the Pieters family doesn’t resent me but last year it was Thomas Detry because of his constant season and in my opinion the year in which he proved he deserved to play on the Tour.

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

I don’t think I have to prove that I enjoyed it and that I want to put my shoulders under the BKO again this year. The above speaks for itself.

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

If there are candidates to become volunteers and after reading the different testimonials of our volunteers they would still be in doubt, I declare them crazy. The BKO is just more than worth the effort to work on.

What is your most memorable golf experience?

My best golfing experiences will be all the beautiful moments with my friends on the golf course, but if I have to pick one, it’s the day I played at Cala Nova in Malaga. It started with the beautiful view from the clubhouse and then playing on a top course with some of my best friends.

Why should everyone come to BKO?

That goes without saying! The uniqueness of the formula. Hopefully it will attract some more high-level players to our country this year.

We have proven that Belgium deserves a place on the calendar. Last year’s audience will confirm that. The absentees were wrong and can now correct this.

What are you looking forward to the most during BKO19?

The complete experience. Everything breathes golf and that’s why we’re doing this. I’m eager to get started.