So I was sitting in the caddie area last Monday – during the qualifier rain delay – talking with Tom Borwick and his player Kate Scarpetta and I mentioned Donna White, one of my former players back in the 1980’s. This piqued the interest of an elderly gentleman conversing with Sam the caddie master.
His name was Frank Duncan and was Vicky Hurst’s high school golf coach. Back in 1980 he caddied on the LPGA for a short period and Donna’s name dislodged an unusual memory.
He recalled the time he was looping for Therese Hession at Rio Pinar Country Club in Orlando. Donna had decided to make a caddie switch and gave her current looper the option of working that week or take it off with full salary. He took the money and ran which turned out to be the first domino to fall in a series of improbable events. Donna took a local that week and as luck (or was it bad luck?) would have it, she won! The caddie who opted for the easy paycheck was nicknamed “Bad Luck Chuck”.
“Bad Luck Chuck” on Laura Baugh’s bag, Wheeling WV
I knew that story well because I was there also. In fact, I was in Donna’s group at the start of the event. Everyone knew Donna had game and we were all trying to get her bag.
Therese wanted Frank to work the event at Upper Montclair NJ a few weeks later but he decided life on the road was not for him and took a different path. Me, I went to New Jersey and got my first win. You see, I was the lucky one to get Donna White. 🙂 We won in a playoff with Debbie Massey.
When I told Frank my story, it gave me goose bumps. Imagine two people meeting at a precise moment in time, separated by thirty-six years and bonded by such an improbable tale.
If it wasn’t for the rain delay, both of us in the same place and my mention of Donna, this chapter could not have been written. Truly amazing.
There goes those goose bumps again. 🙂
Then there was this: