"The thing I have learned most from caddying
on the Senior Tour is how good a professional's short game is compared to club players, who tend to practise their driving most of the time.
This season the ex-paratrooper and former table tennis champion has been caddying
for Ramside Hall Golf Club's trilby-wearing league team, who won promotion from Division Three of the North Durham Union.
He started caddying
in 1922 at Washington, D.C.'s Rock Creek Golf Course, where he caddied for Goose Goslin, Hall of Fame pitcher for the Washington Senators.
was virtually the only route to a professional career as a golf "pro." Even though not all caddies could aspire to a career as a pro, many looked forward to the opportunity.
Bradley got the caddying
bug while backpacking around Australia in 1992.
When not caddying
, they'll help golfers take their clubs out of their cars and wash clubs the way they do at higher end clubs.
"I'd travelled around a lot with David - I spotted his potential at 16 and he had no car so I helped - but caddying
for Jonathan was a fluke really," admitted Beardall.
To help assure the resort's guests have a sufficient number of qualified caddies, Weybright and Brooke teach a 16-hour basic caddying
course once each month at Southwest Oregon Community College in nearby Coos Bay.
Reilly ended up caddying
for a number of professional golfers, including Jack Nicklaus, as well as Donald Trump, Deepak Chopra, and Bob Newhart.
At a time when job opportunities for blacks at these private clubs were limited, caddying
and having other service-providing responsibilities were highly respected positions.
As Willie used to tell the story: "I was caddying
for Tony Lema at Birkdale in 1965, the year after he'd won The Open and was carrying the Claret Jug to the clubhouse when a doorman stopped me.
He explained: "I was caddying
for Tony Lema at Birkdale in 1965, the year after he'd won The Open, and was carrying the Claret Jug to the clubhouse when a doorman stopped me.
Iain McGregor, 53, had a heart attack while caddying
for Scotland's Alastair Forsyth.
Proving hell hath no fury like a bagman scorned, the New Zealander - who won 13 Majors in his 72 worldwide wins with his previous boss - then declared: "It's the greatest week of my life caddying
over 33 years and I sincerely mean that.
SCOTTISH journalist and former bagman Lawrence Donegan once wrote that caddying
isn't brain surgery - it's more complicated than that.