Behind every great golfer is a great caddy, ready to offer support and advice while carrying the clubs. Over time, there have been many of these all-too-often unsung heroes, helping golfers with more than just carrying their bags. Many of the greatest golfers will attest to the fact that a knowledgeable caddy can make the difference between victory and defeat.
For instance, Sam ‘Killer’ Foy had 36 wins over 45 years with three players. He was with Hale Irwin in 1979 at the US Open, when Irwin took the victory.
While Annika Sorenstam is one of the greatest players in LPGA history, the fact that Terry McNamara was her caddy for six years (2000 to 2005) when she won 48 tournaments, it’s fair to say that he played his part while she played her gold-standard game.
Sorenstam is far from the only woman to leave her mark on the greens.
Fanny Sunesson has been described by Golfworld as “smart and authoritative.” She caddied for Fred Funk, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson, as well as Nick Faldo, who she worked for as he won four major championships.
Caddies will not only help their golfers play their best game, but will also celebrate alongside them in their achievements.
Photo by Augusta National
One of the Masters’ all-time highlights was in 1975, when Willie Peterson leapt into the air after Jack Nicklaus landed a 40-foot shot on the 16 th(par-3) for birdie.
Some of the greatest caddies bring decades of experience with them, like Willie McRae, who started looping in 1943 on his 10 th birthday. He retired after 74 years, during which time he worked the 1951 Ryder Cup, caddied for Bobby Jones and five US presidents.
Golfing is a social game. Some of the strongest and longest relationships have been forged on the greens. You may not have a caddy, but I'm sure your golfing partner wouldn't mind giving you a second opinion on any shot. Why not take a break from the fast-paced world and call up some of those friends and family members you’re always trying to connect with for a round at Willow Valley Golf Course? We’d love to have you come out and join us.