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.
Graduated from Stevens Point Area Senior High this past May and plans to study biochemistry and international studies at the College of Charleston this fall.
How long have you been golfing and where did you learn?
I first decided to pick up golf along with my mom, so I’ve been golfing for about five years. My dad is an avid golfer and played a large role in helping me learn how to play. I also took lessons from Katie Kreuser right here at SentryWorld, and she had an enormous impact upon building my skills and my passion for golf.
What attracted you to the SentryWorld caddie program?
When I first heard about the caddie program, I was excited to apply because I wanted to put my knowledge of golf to use in a way that would have a positive effect on others. Golf is also a sport that is rich in tradition with caddies being a prime example. I wanted to help keep this tradition alive by taking part in SentryWorld’s program.
What do you enjoy about caddying?
I enjoy being of service to those I am caddying for. While this includes all sorts of details such as taking yardages, raking bunkers, cleaning clubs, and tending the pins, I like watching people enjoy their rounds by not having to take care of these things themselves.
What’s the best thing you’ve learned so far?
I learned that there is immense diversity among the caddies here. Some are as young as high schoolers and this caddy program may be their first job. Others range from college students to those who have completed a long career in a field outside of golf. It’s neat to see that so many different individuals are attracted to this program.
Has anything surprised you?
I was surprised when I found out the caddies would be provided with special caddy suits. It is so neat that we have white suits with green hats, similar to those worn at the Masters!
How will this help you in the future?
From helping out other caddies to connecting with those I caddy for, working as a caddy will give me valuable experience communicating with other people. I hope to become a doctor one day and I realize that the interpersonal skills I develop as a caddy will help me if given the opportunity to work with patients one day.
Would you recommend the program to others and why?
Absolutely. Caddying is a wonderful way to tie together a love for golf and a desire to make rounds more enjoyable for others. Working outside on a beautiful course is also privilege.
What’s your favorite golf movie/character?
Francis Ouimet in The Greatest Game Ever Played because he transformed golf in two influential ways. First, he set the stage for American golfers to achieve success after initial domination by English and Scottish players. Second, Ouimet’s humble roots proved that golf did not have to be reserved for the upper class—anyone could play and be successful.