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Mark Huber is a professional caddy currently working on the PGA Tour's Champions golf tour for Bob Gilder.   He's been caddying on the PGA Tour since 1988 and worked for over 70 different players on every tour over the years.   His main 'bags' were Bob Murphy, Doug Tewell, Raymond Floyd, Larry Rinker, Greg Twiggs, and Robert Gamez.  He's also 'looped' for Tom Watson, Curtis Strange, and Larry Nelson to name a notable few, plus countless other players on the PGA, Nationwide, LPGA, and Champions golf tours.   Mark has accumulated twenty wins and countless experiences during his tour caddy career and you can read more from Mark by clicking here at -  Mark's Kaddy Korner. 

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                                                                                                                                                                                           Mark Huber 04/30/13
                                                           
                        'Kaddy Korner Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, Savannah, GA:
  
TPC of Sugarloaf, the spring thunderstorms and cool temps, plus Atlanta traffic beat the heck out me last week and when I heard my sports talk show host talking about his partner stuck in Atlanta I-285 bypass traffic I headed for the Georgia back roads figuring I could find a little place to write KK and sip on a beverage or three. The scenic drive was relaxing but every little town had a police car strategically positioned for out-of-state speeders and an abundance of churches, I felt safe and protected but KK and my thirst had to wait for Hilton Head.
 
If you're going to quench your thirst there isn't a better place than Hilton Head Island and the coastal Carolina low country is my favorite area, bar none, on tour. It's a 45 minute drive from Savannah and my buddy David Reilley hooked us up with a great little condo directly behind his restaurant, Aunt Chileadas. David's the local golf concierge/mayor/greeter and his family has been taking care of players, caddies, families, hackers, anybody affiliated with golf, forever. My brother Dan caddied for his niece Reilley Rankin on the LPGA and my sister tried to wait tables at Auntie's way back when. If you need a classic golf getaway head for Hilton Head but call David before you go.
 
The Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf started the Champions/Senior Tour back in the late 70's. Now the Champions Tour has a tournament in name only, there's a lot of very non-legendary golfers in the field, the team competition is official money and it doesn't have the same feel.
 
 
The Westin at Savannah Harbor is the perfect venue for a corporate extravaganza. Liberty Mutual brings in there top clients, agents, executives and their families then wines, dines and entertains them from sunup to the wee hours. There were a few foggy heads and bloodshot eyes during the proams but every hacker said they looked forward to this week every year. Fireworks brightened the sky every evening, Aarron Neville entertained one evening and a large C&W concert took over the driving range Friday immediately after play.
 
Of course, caddies aren't invited, we headed for a minor league Savannah Sand Gnats game or two. It's a ritual for a number of us but there are more peanuts consumed than beer these days. Liberty Mutual actually takes real good care of us, the parking is great plus breakfast and lunch are catered each day. A few of the pros escape to our tent behind the splendid clubhouse for a little R&R. If only they would provide the proper caddy towels all would be well.
 
Bob's game is definitely coming around with the hard work he's put in and Joe's instruction. Joe was in Savannah but left us alone early in the week while we got adjusted to our new partner, Bobby Wadkins. Eduardo Romero, our usual teammate wasn't eligible so we hooked up with "Wad" at the last minute because his brother Lanny couldn't play. "Siggy/Baghdad" caddies for Bobby and I was looking forward to his company but a little apprehensive about Bobby's. In my 25 years on tour I'm not sure we've ever spoken and when I used to say hi he'd only grunt.
 
The Tuesday practice round broke the ice, we had a great time telling Miller Barber stories (his health isn't good) and razzing one another. Doug Tewell joined us and while standing on the second green we admired another old boss knock his wedge close on eleven. Murph's slow, methodical back swing triggered comments from everyone and I thought about cruising over to say hi. Nah, the last time I had a cart in the Murph/Colbert team vicinity I ran over Murph's ball for a one shot penalty. I decided to avoid the probable abuse. They won the "Really Old Farts" division in a playoff, hopefully one day I'll get one more round with Murph.
 
The Legends triggers more stories than any other event and the camaraderie is much more evident. It's a bit more low key and the "youngsters" are glad to see the "old-timers", it's a reunion of sorts. The putting green behind the clubhouse doesn't see a lot of practice but there are clusters of old pros ribbing each other, reminiscing, relishing their sport and discreetly admiring each other. There aren't many fraternities bonded like this one, I only wish some of the youngsters on the PGA Tour were here to grasp this appreciation of golf. These guys have given more to the game than they have taken, I'm not sure it is that way on the PGA Tour these days. I hope I'm wrong, though.
 
We finally teed it up Friday with Gary Hallberg and Jim Rutledge both long hitters off the tee. My old buddy Bob was keeping right up with them, they were both impressed and agitated a bit at the same time. Walking down the 18th fairway Gary expressed his admiration as I walked by his ball and on towards ours. I couldn't resist, "Is this your ball?" pointing to the short one. He mumbled a    expletive under his breath with a wry smile. Wadkins/Gilder fired a -6 in tough windy conditions and were four shots back in 11th place, not bad, and we had some momentum going to the weekend.
 
The conditions were calmer and cooler Saturday. The 5:30 a.m. drive from Hilton Head was chilly but the sunrise, Spanish moss choked oaks, tidal basins stocked with birds and no traffic soothed my soul, hopefully our team putting woes would end also. In this team format you need at least one hot putter, we had two frigid strokes. The only two significant putts we made all week were from off the green and when Bobby sank his late Sunday afternoon I blurted, "You guys putt better from off the green!" He slapped me lovingly across my shoulder and winked.
 
It wasn't profitable but it was fun. I spent time with old friends, players, and caddies reminiscing about the good ol' times and sharing memories. I heard a musician on NPR talk about her travels. She said they were special because of the great people she has met along the way, my sentiments exactly. I'm heading for Houston tomorrow and it looks like there's a little place in Milton, FL, the Oval Office, on my way. There's old friends there, a great cheeseburger and a cold MGD, perfect place to break the trip up.
 
                                                                                     Take Care,
                                                                                                        Mark

 

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