It’s something new for SentryWorld. For the 2017 golf season, we’ve brought caddies to the course. Their job is to help make your round more enjoyable. From carrying your clubs and cleaning them, to helping you find your ball and providing you course information like yardage and hazards, caddies will walk with you on your round—whether it’s 9 or 18 holes. The best part is, there’s no upcharge for this service. You’re just asked to provide a suitable gratuity at the end.
So, who are our caddies? We’ve put together this series to help you get to know them.
Attends UW–Stevens Point and is a Physical Therapy major. He plans to be a physical therapist assistant after graduation.
How long have you been golfing and where did you learn?
I’ve been golfing for about 14 or 15 years. My grandpa got me swinging a club when I was seven or eight and I would play periodically throughout the summer with him and my brother when I was growing up.
What attracted you to the SentryWorld caddie program?
Before attending UWSP and staying in the city this summer, I was a caddie for four years at a country club in Milwaukee. I’ve always enjoyed caddying and actually missed doing it. I knew SentryWorld would be another great course where I could caddie.
What do you enjoy about caddying?
I enjoy meeting all kinds of people—even some who could help you out later in life. My previous caddie experience showed me that you could meet a golfer who’s working in a career field you’re interested in, and they may put you in contact with someone who could offer you an internship or even a job. That’s why I enjoy talking with a golfer throughout their round. I’ve also discovered an added bonus—I learn some tips about the game that I can use to my advantage when I go out and play on my own.
What’s the best thing you’ve learned so far?
I’ve really been able to improve my communication skills. You meet so many different individuals and so many unique personalities, it’s good to learn how to interact with each of them. It’ll help me immensely in the real world.
Has anything surprised you?
Not much has been a huge surprise for me. There’ve been a lot of little surprises but nothing major that I can remember off the top of my head.
How will this help you in the future?
Caddying will help me in the future thanks to all of the interpersonal skills I’m developing. Because I want to be a physical therapist, I know I’ll encounter many types of individuals. The communication skills I learn here while caddying will help me interact better with my patients.
Would you recommend the program to others and why?
I would. Caddying is a great summer job to have. Most of the time your work day is over with before midafternoon—sometimes even before noon—and it allows you to have the rest of the day to do what you want. Not to mention you get to walk one of the best courses in the nation and work with great, fun people.
What’s your favorite golf movie/character?
Tin Cup and Caddyshack are my two favorite golf movies. Kevin Costner was my favorite actor in Tin Cup. Caddyshack has so many funny actors in it that I can’t just choose one.