Helen Pastorino of Pertria Volunteer Marshall in the PGA Tour Frys.com Open Tournament

Founder and President of real estate investment firm Pertria, Helen Pastorino has volunteered and been assigned as Marshall for hole #6 for the PGA Tour Frys.com Open Tournament.

The Frys.com Open Tournament will be held October 3-9 at CordeValle in San Martin, California. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit several charities like the American Institute of Mathematics, the American Cancer Society and The First Tee of San Jose.

“I am pleased to be involved in this tournament supporting such causes like The First Tee of San Jose”, said Pastorino. “I have become passionate about the game of golf over the past few years and think it is a gift that they work to make the game of golf accessible to all youth, regardless of their background.”

This will be Pastorino’s first time volunteering for the tournament, though she says it will not be her last. Her role as Marshall of hole #6 will be to ensure that the observers are respectful, quiet, and honor the rules of golf.

Pastorino’s passion for golf began only a few years ago after she had turned down several offers to participate in private tournaments, and decided she wanted to learn how to play the game after all.

“On July 15, 2009 I asked my father to teach me to play for a tournament in October 2009 and he was quite apprehensive”, she said. “All I wanted was to not hurt anyone, and not embarrass myself. We began working together for a few hours every night. Not knowing if I would enjoy this game of golf I opted to use my fathers Ping clubs which were over 30 years old. Well, I played that tournament and have not stopped playing since. Although I have changed the grips, I have yet to change my clubs; they are now my tradition, my history and they have sentimental value.”