Caddie Spotlight

Herman J. Fry

Herman Fry was a caddie at Stonewall for many years and had a prestigious golfing past as chronicled by The Golf Association of Philadelphia. Below is a link to an interview with Herman the Golf Association produced a few years back posted on YouTube:

http://youtu.be/STyAeogOt3s

After a legnthy battle with cancer Herman eventually left us on March 6, 2013. He will be sorely missed!

 

To say our caddies are at the fore front of the golf experience here is an understatement. The enhancement of the game is clearly realized when one has the privilege to be assisted by a great caddie. Firstly, it's the way the game is intended to be played. For example, when your caddie gives you a line and your putting stroke is on, you experience the essence and how the game is meant to be experienced. Many players fail to realize that the reason their putting is going well comes from the confidence a good caddie provides. We could go on regarding the benefits of playing with a caddie, but we'd rather invite you to come and experience it yourself. Read on for an interesting glimpse into the history of the caddie...

History of Golf: The First Heroes
By George White / Posted: July 17, 2002

When you spoke the word "professional" in the early 1800s, you were referring to a professional caddie. The caddies were the only group that made a living from the game. They carried the clubs, certainly, but in 1800 they did so much more. In Robert Browning's book "A History of Golf" he describes the early caddie as "his patron's guide, philosopher, and his friend, his instructor when he was off his game, and co-arbiter with the opposition caddie in all disputes".

Caddies were, in short, usually the best players. The best known in the early 1800s was David Robertson of St. Andrews. He was known as a "senior caddie", whose duties were primarily to carry for the captain of St. Andrews on important occasions. Robertson was the last of the senior caddies. His son, Allan Robertson, was also a caddie as a youth, but he emerged as the first great professional player.

The Robertsons were also ball-makers, carefully stuffing feathers into leather spheroids. But Allan was an exceptional golfer. In a series of famous matches watched by one of Scotland's largest sporting crowds of the 19th century, he teamed with his assistant, Tom (Old Tom) Morris, to play the Dunn brothers, Willie and Jamie of Musselburgh.

J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship

The Scholarship's mission, which has remained constant since its inception, is to financially aid deserving caddies in their pursuit of higher education. In the last 52 years, more than 3,200 young men and women have received over $14.3 million in aid. In the 2010-11 academic year, 153 caddies are received $650,000 in scholarships. The Scholarship is also helping to preserve one of the game's most valued traditions, the caddie. By supporting caddies in their traditional educational pursuits, the Scholarship is also reminding golfers of the important role the caddie has played in the game's history. In turn, this role is preserved for the game's future. Please support the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship:

www.plattcaddiescholarship.org

In a perfect world, there should be levels of caddies, yet our experience tells us that having such levels would not be the best system here at Stonewall. Caddies earn their stripes through experience, how they enhance a round, their inherent love of the game, their calm, confident assistance. Their remuneration will change with the job that is performed not the length of time a caddie has been at the club.

Technically our caddies are private contractors and as such are paid by the golfer in cash at the end of the round. The suggested caddie fee at Stonewall for a single bag is $50.00. If the caddie has done an exemplary job, a tip of $10.00 is a nice start. Of course, this is all up the golfer. If a golfer has any questions or would like to provide helpful input, please talk to the Caddie Master.

The realities of the economy has shifted some golfer preferences from caddies to carts, and we totally understand the frustration our caddies face. Yet, just about everyone who plays Stonewall with a caddie is awed by the experience. Many caddies feel very fortunate to be here and are integral to one of best clubs anywhere. We all realize that the caddie program is one of the foundational traditions at Stonewall, which distinguishes us from other clubs. Our principles are based on embracing the essence of the game, therefore our caddie program is here to stay.

Prospective Caddies

Please click below to download a pdf of Stonewall's Caddie Program Manual and the Caddie Training Manual published by the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship for the purpose of aiding caddies within the Golf Association of Philadelphia.

StonewallCaddieManual.pdf
JWPlattCaddieManual.pdf