Golf Caddies Do More Than Just Carrying Bags

October 26, 2011

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. confidant (n.) [kon-fi-dant] – a person with whom important matters are discussed
Example: Her best friend was her confidant.

2. intricacy (n.) [in-tri-kuh-see] – the character or state of being complex or difficult to understand
Example: The intricacies of the gown’s design received much praise from the experts.
3. twist (n.) [twist] – an unexpected change in something
Example: He almost lost because of twists in between the games.

4. lucrative (adj.) [loo-kruh-tiv]  – profitable or moneymaking
Example: Working as a performing artist is very lucrative.

5. discreet (adj.) [dih-skreet]  – careful to avoid social embarrassment by keeping one’s silence
Example: It was difficult to know more about her personality because she was so discreet.

Read the text below.

Golf caddies do more than carry bags for golf players. How they fulfill their roles as friend, confidant, and adviser may determine a player’s victory.

The best caddies possess a serious familiarity with the intricacies of golf, including the twists and tricks of the game. They help golfers strategize by predicting weather conditions or sizing the golf course.

Caddies play different roles when dealing with a player under pressure. When the golfer becomes emotional, the caddy acts as mind reader and psychologist, helping the player get through the competition. Knowing the right time and place to give the right advice can secure a good employment for caddies in their lucrative career.

One success story is that of Dave Renwick's, caddy to Australian golfer Steve Elkington. Elkington was so impressed with Renwick that he gave the caddy all his winnings during the 1995 PGA Championship.

While, famous golfer Nick Faldo's female caddy Fanny Sunesson holds true to an old caddies’ saying, “show up, keep up and shut up.” Sunesson was known to be well-organized and disciplined. She also remained discreet and refused to give interviews to the media while she worked with Faldo. Her voice was unheard until she demanded hush from the audience at a tournament.

Caddies may not hit the shots, but they play a vital role in the golfer's decision-making process and keep them grounded when emotion can so easily challenge their focus and damage their performance.

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.
Discussion A

·         Do you think being a golf caddy is easy? Why or why not?
·         Do you think golf caddies deserve another title? What do you think it should be?

Discussion B

·         What other careers in sports can one pursue other than being an athlete?
·         What do you think is best thing about being in the sports industry?

October 26, 2011