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Musings from Wordly Will: As relevant as ever; caddies and various models in the modern game.


efl ecting on the 2013 Masters before continu- ing the discussion on caddie golf from the last issue, I couldn’t help but appreciate how much the caddie ethos factored in the outcome. There was Angel Cabrera, former caddie from Ar- gentina, battling in the lead most of the fi nal day. Adam Scott, with Stevie Williams on the bag, without question the greatest professional tour caddie in history, with over 100 career wins and partner in 14+ Majors, provided a steady hand in trying to help get the Aussie his fi rst.

It went to a playoff, and Adam sunk a thing of beauty to win it. He credited Stevie, his caddie, for the correct read—the one he used— to sink the tournament-winning putt. For those that claim or feel that the caddie realm has faded or is

no longer a factor…think again! Turning to the club or destination caddie program arena, they have a variety of forms. Each facility is unique. The requirements and structure will vary with the desires and needs of the respective golfers being catered to. What is important is that regardless of model, the service must be consistent and those providing should be well- trained and of high caliber. If the caddie staff is competent and treated properly by the facility, they will perform and deliver to a high standard. The caddie manager should be chosen with great care. That individual will need to be a seasoned caddie campaigner, but more importantly, have the many skill sets essential to attracting sound folks and maintaining a solid program top to bottom. Personality, hustle and an upbeat

attitude are critical to any caddie service of distinc- tion. Knowledge of the game and the

course(s) are important, but the prior-mentioned ingredi- ents must be present as well. Some caddie programs are prima- rily youth-based, such as the Evans Scholars model that many Midwest caddie clubs favor. Some are mainly the career-caddie types, such as those used by resort facilities that need caddies during the school- year on a more daily basis. From an overall perspective, the best model has a mix of age groups and diversity. In this way, the veteran, senior caddies can quickly elevate the younger caddies, shep- herding and mentoring them while on-course. The college-age caddies, some of which are on caddie schol- arships, bridge the generational

gap and serve as inspiration to those younger caddies striving to learn and gain a better future. Regardless of the model, caddie golf programs give many folks who otherwise would not get exposure and means to remain in the game that opportunity. NO OTHER single avenue in golf has contributed more in the history of the sport. It is the greatest source of its cham- pions and differencemakers. Wherever fi nancially viable, cad- die golf should be fostered and sup- ported. Virginia is light on caddie golf opportunities. With better awareness and outreach by golf’s administrative bodies and other industry partners, that can be rectifi ed. Those that step up will be richly rewarded with a healthier game.

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