This last weekend I had the pleasure to caddy for Dexter in his first ‘real’ golf tournament. I say ‘real’ because this was a tournament of the best players in the state, 36-holes on a very difficult course. He’s getting some good experience playing for his High School team for the first time this year, but 9-hole tournaments on slow greens doesn’t quite compare to what we had this weekend.
The new Palouse Ridge course at WSU was incredible. Although playing short for the tournament (6200 yards), the greens were lightning fast and holding the greens with an approach shot was a huge challenge. Dexter’s play was amazing. He shot 84-85 over the two rounds and although that was not competitive with the top players in the state, it was incredible for his first big tournament of his career. It was a pleasure to caddie for him. He stayed focused every moment of the tournament. He was hitting huge drives right down the middle consistently and displaying a touch in his short game I have never seen. He nearly holed-out two bunker shots! He never gave up, even doing amazing things like draining a 25 foot putt for double-bogie on a hole. That may not be the leading story he would want to share, but it showed how even when a hard hole got the best of him, he never gave up, lost his temper or his focus.
His short game was incredible totalling up 11 1-putt greens for the weekend helping him stay in the hunt as it was very hard to keep the ball on the rock-hard greens.
A great highlight was #3 on the 2nd day that had the pin tucked way over on the left side of the green. Huge bunkers and a huge cliff on the left side of the green made it impossible to go at the pin. Dex had the great insight to not just hit to the right side of the green, but to hit it toward the very far right of the green, catch a kicker slope and let the ball feed all the way over. He hit a perfect 6-iron that, as-planned, took the slope, ran through the green, to a hill behind the green, then kicking violently to the left and feeding down to the tiny left part of the green cozying up to 10 feet from the pin. We had all sorts of great moments like that. Working out distances, club selection and mostly me sitting on a hill next to the green (caddies weren’t allowed on the green surface) pumping my fist as he dropped another clutch putt.
A lot of work – hauling the clubs up and down those big hills and also working with Dexter on being a good caddie (yes, we had a few holes of discontent where we were not on the same page with club selection and distances). Overall though, we worked very well together and really enjoyed the two days. Nina took the photos as she followed along with us. Photos are here. Unfortunately we never got a chance to really enjoy the WSU campus as the time we spent playing (6-hour rounds) and working on the driving range and putting green took up all of our time.
I never got a tip. Maybe next time.