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Tom Edrington spent the first 10 years of his misguided youth as a sports writer for the Tampa Tribune. His career brought him face to face with many of sports greatest stars -- Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Muhammad Ali, Don Shula, countless Hall of Fame NFL stars, more PGA Tour players than he can count. In 1980 he was honored by the Golf Writers Association of America for writing the best news story that year, his coverage of Jack Nicklaus' U.S. Open victory at Baltusrol. Today, 36 years later, golf is still a great part of his life, thanks to competitive playing days and the wonderful people he has met on this fabulous journey.

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    baxter cepeda

    The caddie situation seems so much more complicated in the women’s game where every caddie seems to be Australian or coming from somewhere really far; as are the players; and often from totally different places.

    Seems For the lpga the local caddie route might be the safest option.

    Instead of having the regular guys jet set the world for maybe $1500 a week, it’s a lot safer and cheaper, and arguably more helpful to use local caddies.

    I cannot believe how far these guys go for $1000 bucks or so.

    I’m not trying to sound like I don’t value caddies but I also really like the idea of no caddies. I would assume carts will be allowed and should always be allowed.

    What we saw from taylormades event is that with no caddies we get a lot less decision making time and a whole lot more action time; a very good thing for golf.

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      Tom Edrington

      I’m guessing you mean push carts, three-wheeled version….I love mine!

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        baxter cepeda

        Yes push carts.
        I’m amazed pro caddies still aren’t using them.
        I think I’ve seen push carts on the lpga tour but cannot be sure. A while back I remember the woman from India (don’t feel like looking up her name) her dad using a push cart caddying; I think I noted it because it was a pro event.

        But It’s probably a stigma in the pro-caddie game to use push carts, but everyone else in golf uses them.
        I would hope there isn’t a rule against push carts. I would certainly challenge it and be one of the first signing on with One of the manufacturers.


          Tom Edrington

          As I understand it, there’s actually a world push-cart shortage, everyone’s been buying them; They make walking so easy….

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