LIV Golf Portland event has “alcohol watchers” roaming the masses

NORTH PLAINS, Ore. – If you’re walking around one of the grandstands for hospitality or through the fan village at the LIV Golf Invitational Series event near Portland, you’ll see pairs of people walking through the crowds and watching the crowds.

You cannot miss them. After all, they were wearing bright yellow shirts with “alcohol screens” written in large letters. For events like this at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, alcohol monitors are a requirement of Oregon for the OLCC, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

“For alcoholic beverages, permits are required for alcohol monitoring, so the catering company is in charge of the alcohol plan, and so they have to go out and find the alcohol monitors,” said Jerome Hasenkamp, ​​owner of Pac-Tac Protective Solutions. The security company provides off-duty officers with three or more years of law enforcement experience for everything that makes up the protective detail of event security.

A minimum of 15 people are required to work at this week’s event. Some of them are adults and others seem to be barely old enough to vote, let alone step into a situation where a fan has had too many $5 beers or $10 wine and cocktails. This is where security comes in.

Screens are not meant to be unfunny to spoil a good time. They are looking for signs that people are clearly intoxicated, seeing as the OLCC imposes fines if people are caught overeating.

“What we’re trying to do is obviously limit the amount of alcohol going out, because of consumption rates and so on,” Hassenkamp explained. “Obviously the more frustrated you get, the faster you go down, and with the lack of water and heat, they’re watching.”

If fans want to drink, they are given a wristband every day to verify their identity. If the moderators notice that someone is stumbling, they will go and reach out to remedy the situation.

Like any live event where alcohol is on display, some rotten eggs can make a mess, and this week is no different. Hasenkamp said fans were mostly on their best behavior, apart from a couple of minor issues, such as a fan trying to get on the back of the production wagon before falling while driving it through a driveway.

“It’s still about the etiquette of the game, being a good spectator,” Hassenkamp said. “We’ll let people have fun, but you have to try to make it family friendly so the kids in the course don’t have to worry about outrageous things.”

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