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The art of caddying: What makes a good golfing companion? – CNN



(CNN)From sleeping in motorway bushes to a rousing rendition of happy birthday from a packed major championship crowd, a caddie’s life is never dull.

After Open champion Collin Morikawa hoisted the Claret Jug, he touchingly asked the swarms of sunbaked fans to help celebrate his caddie’s — JJ Jakovac — 39th birthday, the Kent golfing faithful duly responding with a merry song.
Caddies are never far from the spotlight and have a unique perspective into the world of professional, high-level sport.
Whether it’s 10-year-old Eddie Lowery at the 1913 US Open — who helped amateur Francis Ouimet to a famous victory against giants of the game Harry Vardon and Ted Ray and then went on to become a multi-millionaire — or Fanny Sunesson as the first female caddie to win a men’s major while on Nick Faldo’s bag at the 1990 Masters, it’s a job like no other.
“My little caddie, Eddie Lowery … not much bigger than a peanut, was a veritable inspiration all around; and a brighter or headier chap it would be hard to find,” Ouimet wrote for The American Golfer.
“(Eddie’s) influence on my game, I cannot overestimate.”
Francis Ouimet and his caddie, Eddie Lowery, play golf at Brookline in 1913.

Francis Ouimet and his caddie, Eddie Lowery, play golf at Brookline in 1913.

There’s a treasure trove of caddie stories out there, like the hapless fellow who is responsible for the name of the 10th hole — called South America — at the Women’s British Open host course, Carnoustie.
Legend has it he drunkenly boasted he was emigrating to the distant continent the following day, only to be found in the morning asleep on the green.
And so the hole acquired its unique name.
Veteran caddie Billy Foster — the Englishman who has worked with Gordon Brand Jr., Seve Ballesteros, Darren Clarke, Thomas Bjorn, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods at the 2005 Presidents Cup and currently Matt Fitzpatrick, has seen it all in nearly 40 years of caddying.
He recalled what the profession was like in the 1980s — sleeping in tents, buses and even a bush on a French motorway one night, living without a mobile phone or credit card, no yardage books and even standing in the middle of a driving range catching other players’ balls trying not to get hit.
“The goalposts have slightly changed,” he told CNN Sport.
“There were no yardages back then, so you had to get there on the Monday and draw your own yardage book with the trundle wheel. That took seven to eight hours alone.”
Sunesson, like Foster, told CNN in 2018 that she took up caddying as a means to travel and see places.
“There was no thought then of making any money in the game whatsoever,” added Foster, who said nowadays ex-pros consider the career choice.
Even three-time grand slam tennis champion Andy Murray is keen on the idea of caddying — although as a perfectionist, there might be one aspect to the job that could keep him up at night.
Sunesson points with Nick Faldo during a round.

Sunesson points with Nick Faldo during a round.

Fifteen clubs nightmare

Caddying for Clarke as he finished tied for third at the 2001 Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes, Foster remembers final-round joint leader Ian Woosnam being penalized two shots for having two drivers in his bag, the “saddest” moment he can recall in all his time in the job.
To this day, Foster even wakes up several times a year in a cold sweat panicking about 15 clubs, one more than the legal amount introduced in the 1930s.
“You try and get the club out, then another three appear, then there’s 18 clubs in the bag, you get rid of them and another five appear! It’s the caddie’s worst nightmare.”
Former Masters champion Woosnam’s caddie Miles Byrne delivered the news to his boss as he sat top of the leaderboard.
“I felt for Miles straight away. It’s the cardinal error, and it’s happened quite a few times. It might have been at the French Open or Spanish Open, but to be in the last group, leading the Open Championship … it’s a horrible, horrible thought.”
Foster recounted how fate worked against Woosnam and Byrne that Sunday, from the Welshman bringing a spare driver to the range beforehand to fine tune his game to rumors about being rushed to the tee — the par-three first.
“Woosie played that whole week with just one driver in the bag, one head cover. You’d think it might have been a bit of a giveaway there were two head covers.
“But Woosie was flushing it on the range, and his coach Pete Cowen said to Woosie to hit a few six irons before he teed off because unusually Lytham starts with a par three.”
Ian Woosnam (right) stands with his caddie Miles Byrne as he explains his error during the final round of the 2001 Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes.

Ian Woosnam (right) stands with his caddie Miles Byrne as he explains his error during the final round of the 2001 Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes.

As they went to the first hole, the last words apparently uttered from Cowen to Byrne were “Don’t forget to put the spare driver in the locker” before it all unraveled.
“What’s the first thing you do on the first tee? You take the head cover off,” said Foster.
“But the first at Lytham is a par three. So Miles has got the pin sheet, gives Woosie the yardage, he hits a six iron again, stone dead, birdie.
“He’s now leading the Open, at 43 years old, his last chance really, and I know Miles took two steps off the first tee and saw the two drivers. And wanted to be sick. He got about 10 yards short of the first green and said ‘Woosie, you’re going to go ballistic.'”
Images of Woosnam angrily discarding the club in the bushes followed, while Foster says he’d have hopped the fence onto the nearby railway line.
“I’d have been lying on there waiting for the three o’clock from Lytham to come past and take my head off.
“It must have been the most horrendous feeling, you’d never get over it, and to this day I bet Miles never has and nor has Woosie.”

‘I was thinking that but I didn’t say it’

It’s not always a bumpy path. Long-term partnerships like Jim “Bones” Mackay and Phil Mickelson thrived for 25 years, winning five majors between 2004 and 2013.
Or the unlikely pair of Andy Sutton and Ben Curtis at the 2003 Open — the duo met a week before American Curtis became the first man since Ouimet to win a major in his first try.
Three-time major winner and 2021 European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington and Ronan Flood are another partnership that have stood the test of time, while American Chad Lamsback was credited for local knowledge, his Japanese language skills and a cool head by 2021 Augusta National Women’s Amateur winner Tsubasa Kajitani.
“Today’s caddie’s name is Chad, and Chad has caddied for a few Japanese before,” said the 17-year-old. “That’s why we just trust him.”
Mickelson hugs his caddie Jim "Bones" Mackay after sinking his putt on the 18th hole to win the 2010 Masters.

Mickelson hugs his caddie Jim "Bones" Mackay after sinking his putt on the 18th hole to win the 2010 Masters.

A number of players have employed family members or friends as caddies since the coronavirus pandemic, and even before that, Rory McIlroy brought his friend Harry Diamond onto his bag. Dustin Johnson’s brother Austin has caddied for both of the 37-year-old’s major titles.
Mickelson’s brother Tim was alongside the American as the 51-year-old became the oldest major champion in May, and Brooke Henderson’s sister Brittany has walked the fairways with the Canadian major winner.
One year ago, Sophia Popov’s professional golfer boyfriend Max Mehles carried the German’s bag for her memorable AIG Women’s Open triumph at Troon, a favor which Popov returned in March as Mehles played in the PGA Tour Canada Qualifying Tournament.
Former European Tour Caddies Association chairman and The Tour Caddies owner Sean Russell, who has caddied for multiple winner Kenneth Ferrie and Diana Luna on the Ladies’ European Tour as well as in the 2009 Solheim Cup, said Covid rules had been a clear factor in the changing of the guard.
“If you’re going to spend a lot of time with someone, you’re better off being with a friend,” he told CNN Sport.
“I think Covid has accelerated what was a trend before this: to have a friend, husband, wife on the bag. Rory gets a lot of criticism in the ‘Twittersphere’ but you won’t hear a single caddie say Harry is a bad caddie — he’s really good. Lee Westwood and Helen as well, I defy anybody to say that they don’t look a good combination.
“I always say you can teach somebody to be a caddie but you can’t teach them to be your mate.”
Russell has four key principles he always stuck to as a caddie: do the basics well, be adaptable, be able to get on with anyone and have the ability to get over things.
“I think caddies have got fairly thick skin, some more than others,” he said.
“When I used to caddie, the first question I’d ask the player would be, ‘What do you hate about caddies or what do you hate caddies doing?’
Jack Nicklaus and his caddie celebrate the birdie on the 15th hole on his way to winning the 1966 Masters.

Jack Nicklaus and his caddie celebrate the birdie on the 15th hole on his way to winning the 1966 Masters.

“The answer always varied from things like caddies saying, ‘I was thinking that but I didn’t say it,’ or another player said he didn’t want caddies being too defensive. For example: ‘If it’s six feet from the right of the green, we’re going at the pin. Don’t get me to play left of it.'”
Foster has one main bit of advice: choose your golfing spouse carefully.
“It’s 30 weeks a year, that’s more of a relationship than a marriage, so you need to be able to get on.
“The art of caddying is to be positive and commit to your answers. When the player asks a question, be ready for it. I pretty much know the answer before they ask the question.”

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Humboldt Public School collaborative art project complete –



The Humboldt Public school recently finished an art project that utilized every student in the school and now has a colourful fibre art display on the fence along highway 5. 

The school is a pre-k to grade 8 school and has approximately 330 students.  

The project began when a teacher wanted to do a large scale project with the entire student body. 

Teacher Michelle Lafayette applied for a SK Art grant and began contacting the artist who would help lead the school through the project.  

Lafayette explains how it all got started. 

“Well, when COVID happened we had to rethink how we did everything. I wanted to do a school-wide project that we could do around arts. So, I did a quilting project because I am a quilter. Then the kids made a quilt piece out of construction paper and made a huge collaborative quilt. It was a great project. So, I wanted to do something again this year but I didn’t want to do it all by myself so I searched for grants so that I could hire an artist to come in and do this for us. I knew that Monika had done school projects before and community projects. I had seen the work that she did on Broadway (Saskatoon) when they had construction and she had woven fabric onto the fence. I thought it was amazing and something that we could do here also.”  

Every student regardless of abilities was able to contribute to the project.

The project consisted of many different types of fabric and fibres, from old sheets to yarn, with different patterns and colours, it has a wide range of sizes and textures. 

To begin with, the fabric had to be broken down into small manageable sizes. 

“So, what we did was we got donated sheets and materials and the kids came in and ripped the fabric. They loved it! A little cut and then the sound when they ripped it, and some got really physical and used all their strength and showed me how they could rip it. It was amazing,” said Lafayette. 

The fabric was then wrapped around circular things, hula-hoops, ice cream pail lids, plant trays, and even cut-up corrugated plastic signs. Everything was recycled materials as after it has been out in the weather it will likely be trash.  

The artist Monika Kinner, who is from Saskatoon, was so happy with the results. 

“The end result is what we hoped for, how we got there was completely not what I had expected it was far beyond what I expected. I am really appreciative of my own creativity and ideas because of all the rain we had to completely change what we were doing. That was fun for me, so I have to say I appreciate the opportunity to be so creative and fly by the seat of my pants.” 

The display will likely be up until sometime in October, however with the weather it could change. 

The students involved really enjoyed the time and effort that was put in and now can be proud of their work displayed outside the school. 

SK Art was also impressed by the project and encouraged all schools to bring in artists and allow them to work with students on different projects. 

“Bring artists into schools!” stated SK Art program consultant for Art in Schools Projects, Jody Greenman-Barber.

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Winners announced for BC-wide art, writing contest for Indigenous youth – Trail Daily Times – Trail Times



The winners have been announced in a provincewide children’s art/writing contest where youth were asked what being Indigenous means to them.

In honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day and hosted by Xyólheméylh (Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society) the contest was open to all Indigenous people age five to 24.

The entries were judged by a panel consisting of Xyólheméylh’s board of directors and elders advisory committee. There were three categories – ages five to 10, ages 11 to 14, and ages 15 to 24.

The children and youth expressed their connection to the land, nature, animals, and their families. They also expressed their hopes and dreams as well as their sadness with discrimination and racism.

“Many artists have painted or drawn pictures of wolves howling at a full moon. In my artwork, I have used the dream catcher as my moon because I want the dream catcher to catch and protect all my hopes and dreams of being a person who is known to protect friends, freedom, family, loyalty, and teamwork,” said 10-year-old Emiley of her artwork.

Kyan won first place in the ages 15 to 24 category.

“Stereotypes often take over how First Nations are seen, and when someone looks at you and automatically thinks that what you are isn’t something to be proud of it makes you feel bad no matter how proud you are,” Kyan wrote.

“Thank you to all the children and youth who submitted their heartfelt art. It is truly inspiring to see the talent, creativity and the pride expressed in being Indigenous,” said board president Dr. Wenona Hall.

READ MORE: Fraser Valley writing, art contest open to all Indigenous youth in B.C.


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ARTS AROUND: New art exhibit showcases ‘Women’s Work’ in Port Alberni – Alberni Valley News





A new art exhibit is opening at the Rollin Art Centre, featuring a group of four local female artists.

Sue Thomas, Jillian Mayne, Colleen Clancy and Ann McIvor will display their artwork in an exhibit titled “Women’s Work” that opens on June 21 and runs until July 22. The diversity of the work reflects each woman’s unique creative process and artistic expression.

Join us in the gallery this Saturday, June 25 from 1-3 p.m. for refreshments and an opportunity to meet these incredible and accomplished artists.


The Rollin Art Centre will be holding a summer-inspired art exhibit from July 27 to Aug. 26 and we are inviting all local artists to submit up to three pieces (size depending) that depicts your own rendition of the season of summer.

All mediums are welcome. Application forms are available at the Rollin Art Centre. The fee is $10 per submission. Deadline for submissions is July 15.


Join us on the terrace at the Rollin Art Centre on Saturday, July 16 for an acrylic painting workshop with Susan Schaefer. Bring a friend and be creative!

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Susan will guide you through what makes a good composition while simplifying your landscape.

The workshop fee is $115 +GST. A supply list is available. Register at the Rollin Art Centre at 250-724-3412.


This summer, the Community Arts Council will be raffling a chair designed by Leave Her Wild Container Design. The chair has been planted and is on display at the Rollin Art Centre (corner of Eighth Avenue and Argyle Street). Tickets are $2 each or three for $5.


Teas on the Terrace are back at the Rollin Art Centre this summer and tickets are now on sale.

Choose from our high tea (served on a two-tiered plate) for $25 and our strawberry tea (served with decadent strawberry shortcake) for $20 and join us on the terrace under the canopy of the trees, sipping tea, listening to local musicians and sampling a selection of snacks.

July 7 – Strawberry Tea – Folk Song Circle

July 21 – High Tea – Dennis Olsen

August 4 – Strawberry Tea – Dennis Olsen & Guy Langlois

August 18 – High Tea – Doug Gretsinger


Here’s a chance to have your kids do something creative and fun and make new friends this summer. The Rollin Art Centre is offering eight weeks of creative summer art programs for children between the ages of 7 -13.

Each week features a different medium. From drawing to painting, we have something everyone will enjoy.

The three-day camps take place Monday to Wednesday for ages 7-8 (10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.), and ages 9-11 (1:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.). The cost is $75 per week.

There is also a camp for ages 11 to 13 on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ($45 per camp).

Call 250-724-3412 to register.


Celtic Chaos will perform a maintee at the Capitol Theatre this fall as a fundraiser for the Rollin Art Centre.

“For the Highlander” is a brand-new performance by Celtic Chaos which tells their story in original narrative, poetry, song and music. Join us for this high-energy, fun-loving group of musicians and help support art in the community.

The concert takes place Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $25 each and are available now at the Rollin Art Centre.


The Sunshine Club will be holding a pottery sale at the Harbour Quay on Saturday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to noon.


June 22 to July 22 – “Women’s Work” – group exhibit – Sue Thomas, Jillian Mayne, Colleen Clancy, and Ann McIvor

July 16 – Acrylic workshop

July and August – Teas on the Terrace – Tickets available now

July and August – Children’s Summer Art Camps

Sept. 17 – Giant Book Sale – Athletic Hall

Nov. 6 – Celtic Chaos performs – Tickets on sale now

Melissa Martin is the Arts Administrator for the Community Arts Council, at the Rollin Art Centre and writes for the Alberni Valley News. Call 250-724-3412. Email:

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