British Open Stange Events and Tom Watson’s Lesson to All

Posted by Mark on July 23rd, 2009

Strange Happenings at British Open

We all watched the drama on TV and listened to the announcers explain Watson’s incredible run for the Claret Jug, but the last few days at Glen Abbey I got a better look from the guys inside the ropes. Sitting around the old Dorfman estate turned monastery turned golf course I watched and listened to everyone walking alongside Watson on the weekend. Matthew Goggin, Steve Marino, and their caddies witnessed history, almost. Every time they spoke about their experience a small crowd of caddies, players, and volunteers gathered, listening intently. We couldn’t get enough; we almost witnessed the greatest achievement in golf.

Milwaukee Open, British Open, and Tom Watson

Posted by Mark on July 21st, 2009

Hey all,

Bittersweet, that’s all there is to say about last week; home without a job but it’s really not home any more. Shawn and Cindy were gracious; they let me and Alaskan Dave crash at their place for the week while we searched for work. It was nice, I guess, seeing some old friends, my dog Zach, but I was ready to get out of their Tuesday after a futile job search. On Monday I thought my prospects were good but Tuesday morning there was large gathering of experienced caddies in the parking lot.

Looking for Work after the Firing

Posted by Mark on July 14th, 2009

Searching for Work after the Firing

A couple of days on Mackinac Island were good for the soul, I hated to leave, but a new job search was necessary. The PGA was in the Quad Cities and the Champions Tour was in Minnesota, I figured I could split my week and talk to a few guys on each tour. We headed for Illinois on Sunday, arrived Monday evening after checking on my van in Milwaukee, and spent a couple of days roaming the parking lot, practice facility, and clubhouse area talking with anyone who would listen.

Korean Business Ethics on the LPGA

Posted by Mark on July 5th, 2009

It’s been a very enlightening three weeks out here on the LPGA. I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting myself into, but now I know. Twenty years on the tour have created some ticklish situations, and there have been some delicate moments when a caddy-player relationship must be dissolved, but they have always been handled with class and respect for one another. Each time a separation was necessary it was always handled face to face and there was usually a handshake after the conversation. Every player I’ve worked for I would still consider a friend and wouldn’t hesitate to work for them again if they called.

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