Forty-four students from Keiser University’s College of Golf (KUCOG) recently caddied for amateur players at The Honda Classic Pro-Am tournament held at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
In addition to carrying their player’s golf bags, duties included charting yardages, reading greens, raking bunkers, and advising 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 professional tours, and those caddies who work for the top echelon of professional players earn a handsome income and share in an exciting partnership during tour competitions and in major championships. While the old ‘show up, keep up, and shut up’ adage of how to caddy successfully may apply in certain situations, it is not the suggested method of earning a player’s trust during a round of golf.
Keiser University College of Golf Program Director Brian Hughes who is also a PGA Master Professional and a former caddy for Bobby Clampett in the 2013 Honda Classic Qualifying event and for COG Professor Ken Martin in the 2014 U.S. Senior Open, provided training to the group at the Keiser University Flagship Campus Outdoor Training Area. The lessons covered the basic requirements of caddying and the many nuances and tips that Hughes acquired during his stints on the bags in professional tour events.
Keiser University is a private, independent, non-profit university serving nearly 20,000 students at 21 Florida campuses, online, and two international sites. Co-founded in 1977 by Chancellor Arthur Keiser, Ph.D., and Evelyn Keiser, Keiser University currently offers more than 100 degrees from associate to the doctoral level. Keiser University is a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and was ranked No. 1 in the U.S. in providing Social Mobility by U.S. News and World Report in 2023.