In 2002, I had the opportunity to work at the Men’s U.S. Open at Bethpage Black in New York. It was an experience I will never forget.

In two weeks, I will once again have the opportunity to be a volunteer at a U.S. Open and get to admire the best golfers in the world. Specifically, I'll be at the 2009 Women’s U.S. Open at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem. I'm looking forward to another unforgettable experience.

It is impossible to experience the magnitude of an event as big as a U.S. Open through TV, which is why I jumped at the chance to volunteer. Anyone who plays golf knows that some of the shots these players make are close to impossible for us amateurs. Once you see them make those impossible shots in person, you gain even more respect for what they do on the course.

This isn’t the first time a U.S. Open has stopped at Saucon - they hosted Men’s Senior Opens in 1992 and 2000 - but it will be my first time volunteering at Saucon and I'm excited to see what the "Old Course" looks like in person.

The women's open begins Monday July 6th with practice rounds and championship play starting Thursday, July 9. Do you plan to head out to this nationally televised event right here in Lehigh Valley?