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 company, where I assist the manager in the further development of his business. The other half of my time, I work as a youth coach. A conscious move because it won’t be easy for future generations as we look at the increasing pressure on our society.

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 (referring to what I said earlier). There is too much tension around us and golf helps me, and hopefully many others, to relieve this tension.

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

Like many others, I got involved because of my home club and especially because of the enthusiasm of our hole captain Rudi Aernouts. To represent your club, and to contribute to the family-friendly and accessible image of Drie Eycken, is important to me.

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 just AMAZING. The weather was good, the facilities both on and off the field were fantastic and with that high-level playing field, it’s not strange that the European Tour approved a second (and third?) edition. This event was more than successful to me.

What were your main duties during BKO18?

Just like this year, we were responsible for hole 13 and it was my job to guide the players from hole 12 – where the “beat the pro” competition took place – to our tee box. Not an easy job, because the public wants to get close, especially when our boys (Colsaerts- Detry – Pieters) came through. A positively intense experience over the four days.

What is your most beautiful memory BKO18?

The BBQ after four amazing days, when it was clear that everyone formed one unity. All the volunteers and the organization, including Thomas Pieters himself.

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, for me, it was Thomas Detry because of his steady season. In my opinion the year in which he proved he deserved to play on the Tour.

What made you return as volunteer this year?

The above speaks for itself, I’ve enjoyed every minute and I want to support BKO again this year.

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

To all volunteer candidates, read the different testimonials of our volunteers. If you are still in doubt after reading… I declare you crazy. It’s worth it… more than worth it.

What is your most memorable golf experience?

My best 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 a beautiful view from the clubhouse and then playing on a top course with some of my best friends.

Why should everyone come to BKO?

The uniqueness of the formula… that goes without saying! Hopefully, this formula 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 visitors will confirm that. To absentees, you get another chance this year…

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.