Professional Tour Caddies Association (PTCA) held their annual Alex Alexander
Caddy Golf Classic at the Crown Valley Golf Club just outside
in the town of
on Monday (May 17th). In
all some 98 tour caddies (and one PGA Tour official) participated seeded in Championship, A, B, C, and an Open
here for Caddy Classic pictures!
The annual caddy classic is named after the former tournament director of the
B.C. Open, Alex Alexander, in Endicott N.Y. where the traditional tournament
began in the late 1970’s and where it was annually held until moving that
venue to Texas. Reason being Alexander is no longer the tournament
director at B.C. and the new venue is opposite the Nelson and Colonial –where
most all the tour caddies would be present to get a chance to participate.
The earlier 'Alexander Opens' played in
the 1980's and 90's in Endicott were great with the winner of the
championship flight getting a spot in the pro am the following year there at the
tournament (B.C. Open) And there
have been some great winning rounds played there in caddy past on
Monday. Former champions of those classics include Herman Mitchell (Lee
Trevino’s old caddy), and Fluff Cowan.
That great tradition continued this week in Texas at Crown Valley with
Damon Green (Zach Johnson), D.J. Nelson (Heath Slocum), and Brent Henley (Woody
Austin) all shooting 68 -with
winning the title on the second hole of a playoff to become the 2004 Caddy
In Endicott N.Y., the Enjoie Golf
Club sits low in a valley next to a river (which has flooded the course from
time to time) and playing there early on Monday was always a good test of your
ability to ‘pick’ your golf shot from a tight imperfect lie in the early
morning from those wet worm laden fairways.
This was the first year that Crown Valley was host to the caddy classic and the
golf course -just two years old -presented a good test with a typical Texas turf
of tight Bermuda fairways and rock
firm and fast greens with no pool but a good bit of ‘pond’ out there in
places. It was use full to
‘pick’ your shots here as well, and overall the ‘pickins’ were great
with plenty of liquid refreshment and a catered lunch of Quesedilla’s and Bud
when everyone was done.
Said Henley, ”I birdied the first four holes and was 6 under after 11, and
just held on after that. I was
feeling a little heat, it’s been a long time since I was six under par in
competition and I was feeling it on those three and four footers coming in.
Carl Petterson kept telling me all along how I stood, talking on a cell
phone and joking, I told him I was going to reciprocate next time we got paired
in a tournament together.” (Tour
players Carl Petterson, John Rollins, Luke Donald, and Sergio Garcia all caddied
for their tour caddies on Monday at
where he played college golf from a school whose golf program turned out the
likes of tour players Carl Petterson, John Huston, Per Ulrich Johansson, Gene
Sauers, and Paul Tesori. Brent
turned pro right after graduating and just got his amateur status back two weeks
ago. He’s caddied for Woody Austin
the past three years. Shawn Segers won the A flight with a score of 76,
John Glinski the B flight with a 79, and Ron ‘Bambi’ Levin the C flight with
an 85. PGA Tour official Irv Batten
scored 83 to take the ‘Open’ flight.
We had a lot of help setting up this years’ tourney with Andy Leno running
this years tournament along with PTCA president Dale McElyea and Greg 'Piddler'
Martin, and the usual hard work from Donna and Bob Shultz with Donna's brother
Dennis and 'Jelly' Hansbury overseeing scoring. There also was a well
stocked 'pond' provided via the graciousness of the PGA Tour players to
help sponsor this annual caddy event's 'pool'.
All the caddies
are in agreement that it's a good experience to get to stand over those
four footers when it matters to get a 'birds eye view' of what it's like
to be on the 'player's' side of the ball again. Differing though in this
event from a 'real' golf tournament in that the caddies got to buffer some of that
tournament tension with lot's of laughs, some cold Bud's, and a great time again this year!
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