Career Builders Challenge 2017


Administrative fee greatly reduced for volunteers

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Volunteer registration for the 2017 CareerBuilder Challenge, the Coachella Valley’s annual PGA TOUR event from Jan. 16-22, is now open. New and returning volunteers have an additional incentive to sign up.

The administrative fee for the volunteer package is now just $30 – a significant reduction from previous years and considerably less than other tournaments. The volunteer package includes a Nike golf shirt and jacket, a hat or visor, a volunteer badge that allows volunteers grounds access to watch the tournament when they’re not working, a guest badge, a parking pass, breakfast and lunch on days they volunteer and a certificate for 50 percent off a round of golf at one of the five public courses at PGA WEST and La Quinta Resort & Club.

“We’re excited to be able to offer a new reason for our returning volunteers to come back again, and for those who haven’t volunteered with us before to give it a try,” said Nick Raffaele, Executive Director of the CareerBuilder Challenge and the CEO of Desert Classic Charities. “Each year, we have nearly 1,000 volunteers spread out over our three golf courses who help make this event run smoothly. We’re extremely thankful for their support, and because of what they do, we’re able to give significant funds to charities here in the Coachella Valley.”

Volunteers are required to work at least three shifts of approximately four hours each. They can choose from a variety of committees on which to serve, from walking scorers to player services. More details – including committee descriptions, registration information, volunteer testimonials and a monthly newsletter – are available at

Many volunteers come back year after year and look forward to re-kindling friendships each January while positively affecting their community.

“The thing that makes me return is the relationships that I’ve developed along the way – even with the players and their families,” said Denise McDonald, who has volunteered with the tournament since 2007. “I’ve made some wonderful friendships with other volunteers who are all working toward the same goal, and that’s to run a successful tournament and raise money for desert charities. To know what’s been given to local charities because of the tournament is probably the most rewarding part of working as a volunteer.”

The CareerBuilder Challenge – the Coachella Valley’s longest-running charitable event, organized and operated by Desert Classic Charities – has raised more than $57 million for Eisenhower Medical Center and other local charities since its inception as the Palm Springs Golf Classic in 1960.

The CareerBuilder Challenge is also one of 16 participating tournaments in the PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge, a “vote for me” competition which is designed to raise funds for charity while recognizing the talent, passion and commitment of the TOUR’s more-than-100,000 tournament volunteers nationwide.

Cathedral City resident John Hamaliuk – a 15-year volunteer of the CareerBuilder Challenge – was the PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge winner at the 2016 CareerBuilder Challenge and was awarded the opportunity to donate $10,000 in his name to his favorite charitable entity. Hamaliuk, who volunteers as a captain on the tournament’s Marshal committee, chose to donate to the Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City because he wanted to give back to the youth within his community.

The 2017 CareerBuilder Challenge is scheduled for Jan. 16-22 and will be played at The Stadium and Jack Nicklaus Tournament Courses at PGA WEST and La Quinta Country Club. More information is available at

Jason Dufner won his fourth PGA TOUR title – his first since claiming the 2013 PGA Championship – at the 2016 CareerBuilder Challenge by shooting 25-under-par 263 through the regulation 72 holes (four rounds) and besting David Lingmerth on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff.




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