Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hit his tee shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the BMW Championship PGA golf tournament at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind., Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Mike David is the executive director of the Indiana Golf Office, located in Franklin. David will be working on the course throughout the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel. Photo by Mike Beas
The ninth hole at Crooked Stick Golf Club is a par-5 brimming with birdie potential.
Caution, however, must be exercised due to a creek and deep bunkers.
By sundown Sunday, Mike David should be qualified to write a book on the front nine’s final challenge — all 530 yards of it.
David, a former Columbus resident whose family moved to Franklin 19 years ago, is in his 20th year as executive director of the Indiana Golf Association, an organization prepared to do its part in making this week’s BMW Championship come off as flawlessly as possible.
His task: serve as the point person presiding over those assigned to work crowd control on No. 9.
“I’ll be roaming that hole, making sure everything is in place. At the Senior Open, I had a cart, but I’m relegated to foot duty this time,” David said, laughing, referring to the 2009 men’s tournament, also hosted by Crooked Stick. “We are marshaling the ninth hole, and we have 17 people working per shift.”