“You Don’t Lie To Get A Job”

June 15, 2015

That’s what a tour bus chaperone told his teenage minions in the breakfast area of my motel this morning. Tom Borwick and I were having coffee and we just had to chuckle. “I didn’t know they were doing stand-up at breakfast.” I added.

I’m at another America’s Best Value Inn just North of Notre Dame University. Not as nice as last week but I snagged it at a negotiated rate.

The forecast doesn’t look much better than Decatur. I hope the course will hold up.

I’m with Brittney again this week.

Just by chance (or was it?) I happened by the University Mall and decided to kill some rainy-day time. Stopped in Encore Shoes and found the last pair of the only kicks I wear in my size. New Balance 608 EE width.

Is this a keeper?

Decatur caddie badge

The Unofficial Decatur-Forsyth Classic

June 14, 2015

More rain overnight had the creeks rise once more. Didn’t tee it up until 10:30. Everyone finished the first round but another downpour did us in and play was called for the final time. We made it eight holes into the second round.

The decision was made to call it an eighteen hole, unofficial event (money doesn’t count) but pay the full purse.

Made it to South Bend around eight. It was raining!

Decatur-Forsyth Classic – Round One and Two

June 13, 2015

Forget round two, we never finished round one. After the field staff evaluated the course conditions, the morning start was moved to 12:30.  Another storm moved in at noon and that did us in but we didn’t know it at the time. Just when things were looking up, we were hit again. Stayed for eleven hours until it was official.

A Monday finish is in the cards.

Made it to the eighteenth fairway before play was called yesterday. We had 150 to the pin remaining.

Got an email from B-Ham (Britney) last night that caddie parking was switched from the grass lot by the course to the Forsyth Imaging Center parking lot right down the street. Unfortunately, no one told the work crew that was about to tear up the asphalt. The orange cones and backhoe were a clue the right hand was unaware of the left. Luckily the caddie master followed me from McDonalds and directed me to the course.

The only action at the course was this live broadcast from the snack shop.

WSOY Decatur broadcast

Then there was this:

Perfect no more: Ko misses first LPGA cut – Next caddie up?

Decatur Thursday

June 11, 2015

Played fifteen holes for our practice round. Got to love those golf carts.

Had a rules seminar for the players and caddies yesterday. J.R. and Kent did a great job and answered all inquiries. Lasted about an hour and about fifty players attended. They have three a year and everyone has to go to at least one. Good rule.

Wayne sprung for the beer at Buffalo Wild Wings Tuesday night to celebrate his win. When round two arrived, so did my player and her tour friends to celebrate her birthday.

First time I needed to deposit a check using the mobile app from my bank. It was accepted in minutes. Very cool.

I’ll say it again. The pizza at Sam’s Cub is the best deal going. I had a huge slice of the deluxe for $2.20.

Then there was this:

Trish Johnson talks up Scots for the Scottish Open

The 5 best stories to emerge from U.S. Open qualifying

Fifteen-Year-Old Cole Hammer Qualifies For US Open Golf Tournament

Decatur Tuesday

June 9, 2015

Eighteen holes of practice around mid-day and we were done. No pro-am for us this week so range duty tomorrow and nine holes on Thursday is the plan.

How many player/caddie duos celebrate their birthdays on the same day, June ninth? Only one the I know of. It’s me and my boss Britney Hamilton. She’s twenty-six and I’m, well, let’s just say when I was growing up, instead of a pet dog I had a velociraptor. Mean little devil.

Speaking of pet dogs, there is a player out here that is allowed to have one on site to alleviate her anxiety. Doctor prescribed I hear. Quitting golf is always an option.

Gossip and cliquish behavior abound out here I’m told. Just like the LPGA Tour. Would one expect anything less?

Did you know Decatur is the soy bean capital of the world and was the home of the Decatur Staleys which are now the Chicago Bears? Like it or not, you do now.

Look who’s picture I found hanging on the clubhouse wall.

Penny Hammel Decatur picture

Talked to Tex yesterday. Everything is going great at the Golden Nugget course in Lake Charles. Even some of the high rollers that used to haunt Fallen Oak are showing up. It’s all about the people and customer service and that is where Tex excels.

I hear security is real tight at the KMPGA Women’s Championship. Tough on caddies looking for work.

Then there was this:

Tschetter Helps YMCA FORE the Kids Program

Saunders qualifies for U.S. Open with caddie’s irons

Monday In Decatur

June 8, 2015

Staying in the boonies this week. The America’s Best Value Inn sits on the outskirts of town next to a gas station/connivance store/Subway. Three miles away towards the city center is where the food resides. That’s what happens when you’re new to an area. Still only 15 minutes to the course.

Small room but clean with Direct TV. My only worry was the snail-like Internet which would have put a damper on my stay but it was up to speed before bed time.

I asked where the locals ate and the Garden Family Restaurant was recommended by the front desk clerk. He didn’t steer me wrong. More food than one can eat at a reasonable price.

Speaking of food, the price was right last week at the FireKeepers.

FireKeepers menu

“Rubble”, Mary’s regular looper, is back out so I’ll be looking for work this this week.

Update: Got another trial through Mary. This time it’s a week with Britney Hamilton.

“Bully” is also here. He showed up yesterday in Battle Creek on his way from the LPGA event in Canada. Also, Country Club Mike has made an appearance. Bully is looping for Portland Rosen and Mike is toting for ? .


  Old School Caddies

FireKeepers Championship – Round Three

June 7, 2015

Lost a few more today but I it was a good first week on the Symetra Tour.

Winner, winner and the chicken dinner goes to Madeleine Sheils and her looper Wayne. Congrats to both.

Played with Kristy Obrien today in a twosome. I noticed the Crooked Stick logo on her bag and asked if she knew “Speedway”. Silly question. Of course she did.

During yesterday’s round (or the day before) one of the caddies felt what seemed like a vibration coming from the bag on his shoulder. Figuring it might be his player’s cell phone, he decided to investigate. Turned out much worse. The top of the container housing her protein shake had come loose and the contents spilled onto her three month old Bushnell laser. The liquid shorted the electronics and the laser was a total loss.

One facet of golf etiquette is shunned out here but for good reason. It speeds up play. Playing out of turn is common. I also noticed players don’t always go to the right side of the tee. What ever is the closest suffices. No one seems to mind.

FireKeppers Championship – Round Two

June 6, 2015

Cool and windy this morning but our tee time was 2:10. It warmed and the wind subsided.

Gave a few back today but made the cut on the nose. Nowhere to go but up tomorrow.

One player in our group had 3-4 shanks and the other T.C. Chened-it on the final hole. Interesting golf indeed.

With all the inexperienced caddies, “Premature Bibulation” (donning your caddie bib way to early) is the order of the day out here.

Split tees tomorrow at seven bells. Nasty weather moving in.

Yesterday, Carolin Pinegger’s mom went back to retrieve her daughter’s yardage book on seventeen and jumped on the scorer’s cart for the ride back. That’s a two shot penalty but it was the group behind them that spotted the infraction. By the time they got in, her scorecard was signed. Carolin was four under at the time.

In her mom’s defense during the post round interview, Carolin said “She is a professional mom, not caddie”.

They make it very easy out here as far as getting the right numbers. Along with this week’s yardage bible(which is excellent), distance to the front is painted on the fairways. Sure helps the pace of play. The book even has certain trees marked just in case of an errant tee ball.

The Google Fit app on my phone clocked me in at over six miles yesterday and the same today. That’s double my daily trek in Biloxi.

It was Tina Barrett’s birthday yesterday and her husband used the Jumbotron at the D-backs game for a congratulatory message.

Tina Barrett jumbotron

FireKeepers Championship – Round One

June 5, 2015

One under today. A good start on my first official round out here. Mary was very pleased considering her play in the pro-am. Then again, this was game day.

Looking at it, my body held up well. One of the perks out here is that most players have light carry bags but not all. I was toting a steamer trunk of the Ping variety. At least we get to store any extra items on the scorer’s golf cart. The Loop I had from being on the LPGA is a life saver.

Jeff deCoen snagged a loop just for today and was paired with his roommate Sansei. I think they both finished in the red.

Nicole Jerray received the following text from Larry – “I’m rooting for you”. Since she saw me yesterday, she assumed it was from me. I was thanked for the encouragement and took temporary credit but eventually denied being the author. After a little memory jog, it turned out to be the volunteer caddie she had three weeks ago.

Ran into Jean Reynolds yesterday. Haven’t seen her in years and she hasn’t aged a day. Her infectious smile and quick wit sill remain. Surprised she remembered my name. After inquiring on my whereabouts the last few years, I added that I had saved some money and was looking for a way to lose it. “You’ve come to the right place.” she replied.

Had a McDonald’s Steak & Egg McMuffin (sans cheese) for breakfast yesterday. If you ever feel your innards are low on oil, this sandwich will add a pint at least.

What’s going on at the LPGA in Canada. Are they playing all eighteen holes?

The Smiling Faces/Symetra Tour

June 4, 2015

Tuesday: I spotted caddie Wayne Uyeda (Sansei) the same time he did me. I was in the parking lot of the Battlefield Country Club and he was walking up the drive awaiting his player, Madeleine Sheils. He was grinning from ear to ear as was I.

Wayne found a home on the Symetra Tour the last three to four years so it’s been that long at least since we last met but it didn’t matter. It was as if I saw him yesterday. The barbs started flying immediately and we caught-up in minutes.

The next to approach was Jeff deCoen. Another smiling face from a caddie/entrepreneur. Again, the conversation was seamless.

Then Billy Pratt showed with his buddy Aaron. They’re vying for the yardage book business in the Symetra Tour and it’s a lock if this week’s effort is any indication of future work. Excellent info and vey professional.

Tom Borwick was next. He’s was coming off the eighteenth with his player Jesse Tang. I worked for Jesse in 2007 (she remembered the year not me) on a Future’s event in Florida.

“Is that you Larry?” called out Philly Phil. Another smiling face. In fact, that seems to be standard out here. Everywhere you look. Good to see. Phil asked if I was looking and since I was, took my number. Not long afterward he found a bag for me.

Mary Narzisi  needed someone but an unknown quantity was not something she would bet on. A one day audition was agreed upon. The Wednesday pro-am would be the day.

Even though it may have been a one day gig, I bought a yardage book from the pro shop. Have to be prepared you know. Tom needed to check the greens so we walked rode the course  together. That’s right, we rode. Carts are available for player/caddie use all the way until game time. That makes short work out of one of the more tedious parts of the preparation.

Ran into rules official Jane Reynolds (JR for short) marking the hazards. Should I add, anther smiling face? No need.

After we finished I checked-in the Knights Inn right down the street. Is was the best price I could find and didn’t expect much. The one in Toledo always comes to mind and that is barely tolerable. Boy was I surprised. Looks newly remodeled. Pillow top king bed, fridge/microwave and a big ass HD TV. But unfortunately, SD on HD = WTF! The picture sucks without a HD signal so I connected it to my laptop with a HDMI cable.

Wednesday: Didn’t eat much yesterday so a good breakfast was in order the next morning. Denny’s was my choice and it came with another surprise. Much more on the plate then in Biloxi for the same thing. Had to get a take-home box.

The afternoon pro-am went well but long. When there’s thirty-five teams on eighteen holes it gets a bit crowded. Mary and I worked well together so I passed the audition..

Thursday: This was our day to practice. It was a 7:30 shotgun start on carts of course. That’s the best way to do it given the afternoon pro-am. We started on four and finished on sixteen. A little practice and our day was done.

Old habits are hard to break. When I made coffee back in my apartment in Biloxi, the trash can was just to the left of the coffee pot. Hundreds of times I extricated the filter full of expired grounds and disposed of it in a movement I could perform in my sleep.

Well this morning I fired up the in-room coffee maker which was positioned on the sink.Took the coffee packet out of the wrapper and immediately disposed of it to my left through the doorway. Right into the toilet.

Then there was this:

Nicklaus sides with USGA’s Davis on Open practice

As LPGA hits Whistle Bear, Henderson hopes to end Canada’s drought

Cheyenne Woods hangs with Drake at concert

Southwest Airlines Did Something AMAZING for This Mom’s Son Who Slipped Into a Coma – We need more of this.

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