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Youth on Course Caddies Capture Spirit of The Masters at Poppy Hills

Youth on Course Caddies Capture Spirit of The Masters at Poppy Hills

April 13, 2015

IMG_6230Youth on Course members helped capture the spirit of The Masters at Poppy Hills Golf Course this past weekend by caddying for members and guests.

Dressed in traditional caddie coveralls, 65 Youth on Course participants took Poppy Hills by storm — and gave the course a true Augusta National feel — by reading greens, raking bunkers and carrying bags.

Golfers had the opportunity to get in on The Masters weekend action by purchasing a package deal with their tee time. The package included a limited edition Poppy Hills Masters-inspired hat, a Youth on Course caddie and participation in an 18-hole competition that incorporated the top Masters competitors scores.

Caddies came from all over Northern California, with some traveling from as far as Sacramento. Experience levels ranged from “never before caddied” to one young man who caddies occasionally at legendary Cypress Point Club. Caddies were given a brief training at check-in and asked to view informative caddie videos from the Chick Evans Scholarship program before arrival.

“The response from the golfers who participated was overwhelmingly positive,” said Poppy Hills Golf Course Head Professional Cole Handley. “The golfers came into the pro shop raving about their experience with the caddies. I was blown away by the quality of all the kids that came out.”

Poppy Hills is hoping to continue the tradition of hosting Youth on Course caddies during golf’s biggest events of the year.

Youth on Course introduced the Caddie Academy to its continuum of programs in 2013 as a way to introduce the game to new players, and provide meaningful employment to youth while introducing new career choices and important life skills. Youth on Course trains deserving and enthusiastic YOC members how to caddie at some of the top courses in the area. Caddying is a great way to meet new and often important business contacts, while gaining work experience and spending time walking and enjoying the outdoors.

Youth ages 14-18 who are eligible for employment apply for the Youth on Course caddie programs, and, if selected, are trained at the club in two to three group sessions. Schedules vary by club, but more often than not youth caddies makes their own work schedule based on their availability. Golfers who utilize YOC Caddies pay a minimum $25 tip the end of the round, and we take care of the base fee and create a scholarship fund for the caddie.

Interested in becoming a caddie this summer, or know someone who might be? We have several opportunities at great clubs. Onboard this summer: Sequoyah Country Club, Claremont Country Club, San Jose Country Club, Poppy Hills GC, The California Club, La Rinconada, The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch, and Lake Merced Golf Club. If you are 14-18 in the area and eligible for employment please apply by clicking here and filling out the application form by April 19.

-Lindsey Novitzke

Author: Jerry Stewart

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