Transition Championship Preview

Posted by Mark on March 16th, 2010

Transitions Championship – Innisbrook – Tarpon Springs, FL           

The Transitions Championship (a few other sponsors also) has been coming to Innisbrook since 2000 and prior to that the Mixed Team PGA/LPGA was held here in the late 80’s and early 90’s. It was a lot of fun back then, still challenging, but it was the off season and a chance to make a little Christmas money. Now the course has been redesigned (1999), lengthened, and toughened up enough that a major could be staged here.

LPGA Tour Championship - Houston Fans Saved It

Posted by Mark on November 24th, 2009

By the time I’d gathered my luggage and boarded the Houston-Hobby airport rental car shuttle bus my long sleeve t-shirt was drenched with sweat. Our rather rotund bus driver announced, “Don’t worry honey, you ain’t gonna havta worry about the heat, it’s fixin’ to get real cold this afternoon. I can’t wait; I’m tired of sweating this year.” She was right; Houston experienced some God awful weather the next five days.

Transition on PGA Tour

Posted by Mark on November 17th, 2009

The season is winding down. The PGA Tour finished up at Disney and Stephen Ames, the winner, wasn’t the happiest man in Mickey’s Kingdom, Nicholas Thompson was ecstatic after going low Sunday moving from 138 on the money list inside the top 125 and retaining his playing privileges for next year. Without that low round Nicholas would have been traveling the Nationwide Tour with a few stops on the PGA.

PGA First Drug Offender - Doug Barren

Posted by Mark on November 4th, 2009

Well, they caught a really big fish. Doug Barren has never been a household name until now. He’s the first caught for use of performance enhancing drugs but I’ll bet there have been a few recreational drug users recognized during last year’s drug testing. Professional golfers are a reflection of society, there’s a few boys out here partaking of a few vices, it’s not that big of a deal though.

Navistar Classic, Prattville, AL

Posted by Mark on October 6th, 2009

Sunday night I was napping at LAX waiting for my redeye flight back to Chicago when I got the call from Rubble. Rachel Hetherington’s caddy was going back to Europe and she needed someone for Prattville, AL. It wasn’t a definite job but she was supposed to call the next morning and confirm things. I caught my flight, Wendy picked me up in Chicago early the next morning, and I napped till about noon, when Rachel called to confirm my employment. We chatted awhile and planned to meet Tuesday at noon.

LPGA Rogers, AK - a quick trip

Posted by Mark on September 15th, 2009

My brother said there would be jobs open in Northwest Arkansas so I headed that way early Labor Day morning. Motels and restaurants are getting old this time of year and it looked like there was quite a bit of wild country around Rogers, AK so I called Dad and had him meet me in Lincoln, IL with my tent and sleeping bags. This time of year felt like a great time for some camping and Roaring Rivers Park was my destination for the week. I could do without ESPN as long as the weather held out.

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.

Korean Work Ethic on LPGA

Posted by Mark on June 29th, 2009

Korean Work Ethic on LPGA

I’m not quite sure I understand the long hours the Korean contingent puts in out here. I’ve witnessed the practice regimen for two weeks now and it’s impressive as well as depressing. The Korean fathers control their daughters; I have an eerie feeling when I watch the father and daughter interaction.

U.S. Open after the Dust is Settled

Posted by Mark on June 24th, 2009

I forgot, there was no dust last week only four great stories when they finished Monday afternoon. Usually there is only one winner, but this Open produced four winners and an equal amount of rooters for each. I stood and watched the telecast Monday morning in the Locust Hill pro shop at the LPGA Wegmans Classic and listened to a variety of golf fans plead their case for their favorite. Every argument was valid and I found myself rooting for all four, even Phil.

The Yardage Book

Posted by Mark on January 8th, 2009

This is just a little something I’m working on for the book. There will be a variety of chapters about caddy basics, and I’ll try to tell a few topical stories. This is a very rough draft, so bear with it, I hope you get the gist of what I’m trying to accomplish. There’s a lot of stories like this about towels, bags, umbrellas, etc.

The Yardage Book

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