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--August 10,1975* Suaden Caxette-Mait . »*s Yirtfoia Tour CaddiesHave Exciting But Risky Jobs By Will Grimsley AKRON, Ohio ~\»- Jack Nkklaus stands on the first tee, scanning another fairway. At his elbow is a tall, swarthy man with sharp Spanish features and a shock of flowing white hair. In another era, he might be the Count of Monte Cristo. The swarthy man removes a golf ball from a green bag. He meticulously puts two marks on it with a pen and hands it with a tee to Nicklaus. Jack removes a gold wrist watch. His companion puts the watch on his right wrist. Now he has a watch on each arm. Angelo Argea is ready to go to work. Angelo, 45, from Canton, Ohio, now living in North Beach, Fla., has one of the most demanding yet one of the most exciting jobs in the world. He is the regular caddie for the No. 1 player in golf. Angelo is just one of a breed from whom such a life can be glamorous but also wearisome, at times unrewarding and mostly risky. Follow the Sun They are the tour caddies -- the nomads of the $8 million PGA circuit. They follow the sun. They rub elbows with the affluent at fashionable country clubs. Their fortunes are dependent on the figures put on the massive scoreboards. Like the stock market, it is up and down. Angelo is one of the lucky ones. Nicklaus got him in a blind draw at Palm Springs, Calif., in 1962, a year after Jack turned pro. "The caddie master came and said, 'Jack, we've got a caddie for you,'" Nicklaus related. "We've been together ever since."Angelo follows his employer around the world, working all but a handful of tournaments where tour caddies are barred. The well-to-do family in Detroit. He attended Bowling Green University, got a Masters degree in marketing and a well-paid marketing job in Houston. "I couldn't stand the 9-to-5 We." Chirko said. "So I went to Arizona on a vacation last winer. I saw this kid, Mark Hayes, swing. He was terrific. I told him I would like to caddie for him. So here 1 am." Hayes surprised even-one by taking the early lead in the PGA." "He's going to be a superstar," said Chirko. "But I won't be with him. I have some plans to get into sports promotion." Caddies Are the Nomads of $8 -- Million Pro Golf Tour From Left: Angelo Argea, Primo Antoniotti and Mike Chirko -- APWirephoto Western Open employs only young men on caddie scholarships. The Masters and U. S. Open dictate local caddies. The PGA did also, until this year. Around a golf course, wherever you see Nicklaus you see Angelo. Angelo marks distances, prepares a report on pin placements and has the right club ready every Scenic Setting for Open . course in scenic i ucicer youmy win { $25 f d $15 f amateurs . Entry provide a wonderfu setting for the ^ ^ been » ent to most state go { West Virginia Open tournament Sept. "12-14. ·': "September is a beautiful time of year .at Canaan Valley," said pro Carl Kreyenbuhl, who is here to compete in the state ;PGA tournament. "Some of the leaves may have started turning by that time and the scenery should be really pretty." · The Canaan 'valley pro feels his course will give the state's pros and amateurs a challenge. "It will play almost 7,000 yards and we have seven water holes," K r e y e n b u h l c o m - mented; Ir 0ur par three holes are really strong. They are 250, 235, 224, and. 190 yards and the first three play over water." Kreyenbuhl said he already has 60 entries for the Open. "We are hoping for a field of 160," he said. The entry fees are $100 for pros and $35 for Kreyenbuhl courses. "A golfer must be a member of a West Virginia Open Assn. club to play in the Open," Kreyenbuhl said. The West Virginia Open Assn. is not to be confused with the West Virginia Golf Assn., which runs the State Amateur. Actually, the state pros .set iip the Open Assn. as their counterpart to the WVGA. There will be a hole-in-one contest on the 16th hole at Canaan Valley during the Open. Any pro making an ace there will win a new car and any amateur will win a color television set. If nobody makes an ace, the nearest to the pin will receive,an air conditioner. \ Kreyenbuhl, a native of Oakland, Md., has been golf pro at Canaan Valley for four years. He works at the nearby ski lift during the winter months. He said the new 260-room Canaan Valley, lodge should be open for the winter ski season. The lodge is of a modular construction, with five 52-room units. Persons playing in the State Open can stay at the Blackwater Falls lodge or motels at Davis and Thomas. Long Firestone Course Is 'Boring' Some notes from watching the national PGA Tournament at Akron, Ohio, Thursday: Jack Nicklaus feels the very long (7,180 yards) Firestone course is somewhat boring to play. "It's boring from the view. point that conditions are the same on every hole," Nicklaus feels. "You stand on the tee and hit it as hard as you can on every hole and you're hitting long irons on most holes. These are 18 of the finest holes on the tour, one by one, but put them to' gether and it is the kind of course you fall asleep on. And if you do, you can make double bogey." Gary Player calls Firestone "as tough a course as you can play," But Player added, "I think this would be a great place for a permanent site for the PGA Tournament. I know a lot of the guys won't like me saying that. But the Firestone people really go out of their way to do things right here." Billy Casper skipped the tour for a month to pick, package and ship cherries from his new fruit farm in Utah. "We have 50 acres and 7,000 fruit trees," Casper said. He is in the process of building a new house there for his family of 10 children, some of them adopted. Casper noted that Art Wall and Gene Littler have been winning tournaments this year and commented, "This may be the year of the older fellows." British Open champion Tom Watson Player Casper said he gets a thrill from looking at the ancient British Open trophy. "The first line on the cup is for 1872 (winner Tom Morris, Jr.) It's been around along time," Watson said. The Royal and Ancient Golf Assn. in Great Britain gave him 104 ounces of champagne to take home, Watson added. Lee Trevino had an odd thing happen. "I teed my ball up on a clump of grass on the (225-yard) seventh hole and the ball rolled off the tee just as I started down with my swing," Trevino said. "I've never had that happen to me before. I almost hooked the ball into the men's room. I'm lucky the ball fell off backwards; if it had fallen off sideways, I would whiffed it." Trevino, by the way, added that "I was not looking at the ball when I hit it. Do you actually see the ball when you hit? I don't think anybody does, except for putting. I just blur in to a big spot," he said. time Jack makes a request. Other caddies do likewise but many provide other services. They chaffeur the cars, make airline reservations, tend to the laundry and even baby sit. "Not me," says Angelo proudly. "People think I am everything from Jack's airline pilot to his baby sitter. I'm his caddie -- that's all." Game of Musical Chairs Most of the tour golfers, like Nicklaus, have favorite caddies but such marriages - the golfer and bag-toter - don't always last. So caddies, like baseball managers, play a game of musical chairs. "The Mets give Yogi Berra the pink slip and the Rangers put the boot to Billy Martin," said Creamy Carolan of Mamaroneck, N.Y. "We caddies always face the same kind of insecurity." Creamy should know. He caddied for Arnold Palmer for six years. Then suddenly this year there was a split-up. The graying, weather-beaten Creamy, 60, refuses to say what provoked the breakup. "It was just a misunderstanding," the veteran caddie said. "You won't get me to say anything bad about the man, but I was hurt deeply. "I will say this - Palmer is a very demanding man." Three Different Caddies Most caddies who have worked for the charger from Latrobe, Pa., agree. Once, in .the U. S. Open at Congressional in Washington, D.C., Arnie changed caddies three times before the tournament ever started. "I couldn't stand it - the pressure was about to drive me up a wall," said one of the bag toters who quit before-Palmer could fire him. For years at the Masters -- through his four championships -- Palmer had a .caddie named Nathaniel Avery, also known as "Iron Man," who became a legend. Iron Man, who once said of Palmer, "He jest jerk on his glove, hitch up his pants, start walking fast and says, 'the game is on,'" was fired a few years ago and in recent years has had trouble getting bags at Augusta. Around the caddie yard they say Palmer thought Iron Man was getting "too v big for his britches," bragging about 'Arnie and me a corporation." Palmer's latest tour caddies is Grier Sherard, 23, of Charlotte, N.C., who latched onto the job at the Canadian Open and was invited to the PGA. "He is very demanding, it's true," Grier said. "But he is a great man and a fine golfer. I am thrilled to get this opportunity." Picked Up by Snead ' Creamy has been picked up by Sam Snead. "I am still working for a legend," Creamy says. Most of the caddies work on a guarantee which ranges from $150 to $300 a week with a per cent of the player's winnings -two or three per cent in most cases, five in some. Lucky to Make $10,000 "A caddie is lucky to make $10,000 a year," said one old-timer. "Angelo has the best job. He is on straight salary and I sus- pect he gets $30,000." The nomads constitute a wide variety ranging from the sunbaked, tough old codgers to smart kids who disdain college and more stable careers. The drunks and the easy riders have become passe. 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Barney Thompson of Barbonrsville has won $6,496 and is 134th on the list. Dr. E.B. Wray of Beckley shot a 32 on the front nine of the Old White course at tte Greeabrler daring the Virginias Sea- ten Tournament last week. Dr. Wray had a 41 on the back for a 73 round. "That is pretty good golf for a man to the 65 to 69 age drriskm," udd tournament secretary Ruth BoBkam. SP. Ware of Roaaoke, Va., U the new pretMett of the Virginias Solon Golf Am. MB A. Fid*, Jr. of Charkstn U fKtUeit t^tmnrer. Tie to* driving contest at the seniors tournament was won by Lew Staples of Martinsburg with a drive of 251 yards. Lee Wyke, a West Virginia native, has won the $2.000 first prize in the Florida Open. Beckley native Carlton "Slugger" White finished fourth in the recent New Jersey State Open and won $850. Sectional qualifying will be held Tuesday at the Guyan course in Huntington for the U.S. Amateur Tournament, slated Aug. 2S-31 at Richmond, Va. A field of 21 will vie for two spots. 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