Forty students from the College of Golf & Sport Management are preparing to caddy for amateur players in the upcoming Honda Classic Pro-Am event.
In addition to carrying their player’s golf bags, their duties will include charting yardages, reading greens, raking bunkers, and advising their players on shot selections.
While caddying is not as large a part of the game as it was historically before the introduction of golf cars, it is still an integral part of the great game of golf. Caddies abound on the professional tours, and those caddies who work for the top echelon of professional players earn a handsome income and share an exciting partnership during tour competitions and in major championships. While the old adage of how to caddy successfully may apply in certain situations, the ‘show up, keep up, and shut up’ motto is becoming obsolete, and is not the suggested method of earning a player’s trust during a round of golf.
To prepare, students recently received caddy training from Brian Hughes, PGA Master Professional and Golf Program Director, and Ken Martin, PGA Professional Certified in Instruction and General Management and Keiser University College of Golf Professor, at The Keiser University Flagship Campus Outdoor Training Area. The session covered the basic requirements of caddying along with the many nuances and tips that the instructors had acquired during their professional tour events.
Hughes caddied for Bobby Clampett in the 2013 Honda Classic Qualifying event and for Ken Martin in the 2014 U.S. Senior Open.