Head of RBC Heritage volunteers will retire after 29 years

07/30/2014 3:15 PM

08/01/2014 6:31 PM

Within two hours of living on Hilton Head Island, Ray Angell became a volunteer for the Heritage golf tournament.

"I was moving into my home in Sea Pines (in 1987) when my neighbor came by and said they needed a marshal on hole 10," he said. "I thought, 'Oh, sure, I'll give it a shot.'"

Nearly three decades later, Angell will step down as chairman of the volunteers for the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, he said Tuesday. He'll retire after next year's tournament, his 29th.

The Pittsburgh native climbed the ranks after spending six years as a 10th-hole marshal at Harbour Town Golf Links.

His roles have included head marshal of the last nine holes and chairman of marshals. He started as chairman of the PGA Tour event's 970 volunteers in 2006. He also serves on the tournament board of trustees.

Tournament director Steve Wilmot will name a replacement for Angell by next April's event, according to a news release.

After he steps down, the 79-year-old Angell said he will continue to volunteer for local charities and at First Presbyterian Church. He'll also continue playing golf, which he does three times a week.

He said he's excited to attend the Heritage as a spectator.

"The first thing I tell the marshals is that you're not a spectator; you'll face the crowd and you won't see golf," he said. "I'm looking forward to going to the tournament to watch."

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