Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on April 5, 1969 · Page 95
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 95

Phoenix, Arizona
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Saturday, April 5, 1969
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ft! I. KDITi'DNS Good caddies like Walter worth weight in gold By JIM MURRAY Los Angeles Times Service GREENSBORO - It has been an uneven spring on the golf tour for Walter Montgomery. He put it in the water a couple of times, got sick at the Hope Classic. He came close in that airplane open down in Miami. Would have been his seventh tournament win lifetime but he left it short at 18 and finished second. Gave himself a good talking to. You would have to say $2,378 is not much to earn by April 1 when you're at the top of your game like Walter is. On the other hand, that's pretty good for a guy who c a n't break 100. Walter, you see, is a caddy. One of the best. It's a profession which used to rank some Murray where be- MUrrav tween pinboy in a bowling alley and dishwasher in an automat. Only a - few gnarled old Scotsmen at the Royal & Ancient in St Andrews made a science out of it. In this country, you could tell a caddy by the holes in his shoes and the smell on his breath. GOLF GROWS into a multi-million dollar business but the caddy still sleeps in the back of his car. His wardrobe he wore. Ask him where he lives, and he would murmur "Corner of 17th and Walnut." He meant, that's where he parked. Home was mobile, all right. He shaved in the reflection of a creek. He never needed a knife and fork for anything he ate. If he said his place was "French provincial" it meant he had a Peugeot. The pro was someone who blamed him when he lost and forgot him when he won. A bad round was 18 holes of helpless rage for a caddy. That was not just a ball going out of bounds. That was bus- fare to the next open. They stacked the rules against him. He could not pack to the same guys more than two rounds in a row. he could not pack in the summer. Good players would not admit they ask their caddies anything but what time it was — or what city it was. CADDIES HAVE wrecked more scores than a bad grip. They have cost guys tournaments by illegally raking traps, putting their bags down were rival players could hit it. They have misread putts, arrived late, dropped a player's sticks in the middle of a round. Some of them were as temperamental as oper stars. Walter Montgomery came out of the canebrakes of Louisiana 10 years ago, not knowing a chip from a putt. A spoon was for coffee, a "birdie" had feathers. He got so nervous on the spoor of his first victory — with Bob Goalby in the Coral Gables Open of 1960 — that, when Goalby was nestling on the green, needing only two putts for a win, Walter accidentally kicked his ball off the green! The only way to top this is by knocking your fighter over the head with a sash weight between rounds at a title fight. Goalby won — and Walter hasn't stepped on a ball since. At least, not accidentally. WALTER, WHO has the physique of a prizefighter, was one who set out to lift caddying above an occupation where you kill time between trains. When he "looped" for a player, he got up at daylight to go out and check pin placements as soon as the holes were cut. He measured distances as meticulously as though he were testing for a hotel site. He packed for George Archer during George's most successful run. They took in three tournaments. He drove George's car from city to city, took care of details from distances to greens, density of the rough, laundry and phone messages. Walter bogeyed a car one night when he tried to play it out of a tight ride, and, when Archer blew up, Walter blew up. A good caddy is not out of work any longer than any other good mechanic, plumber or electrician. They are in shorter supply than buffaloes. Bruce Crampton, the outstanding Australian pro, engaged Walter at once, and, By KEARNEY EGERTON "He's one of the most valuable players for the Giants, but he's not exactly a contemporary man. waiklns Ford CofMifScottsdaleRd.aiid Callback Rd.ipScotlsffale when Bruce couldn't tee it up in the Hope tournament because of the flu, he sent on a $150 check anyway. "THE WORDS TO use with Walter are 'reliability' and 'conscientiousness,' " Crampton explained as the three of us sat in his parked car at the Greater Greensboro Open the other day. "He is out to help me make fewest mistakes. A good caddy is a companion, a comfort to you on the course. He can keep JOHNS-MANSVILLE ROOFING 235$ Shingles .$8.19 sq. 90i Slate ..$3.29 roll I5# Felt $1.99 roll 30# Felt .,...$2.69 roll Phone 278-5541 WOOD BROS. & HALSTEAD Lumber Co. 35th Ave. Grand a, Ind. Sen. Rd. FIAT 850 COUPE 5 1850 PHOENIX MOTOR CO. 225 W. Ind. Sen. Rd. 264*4791 LOOK TO LUKE! 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Stock #323 *3897 BILL LUKE CHRYSLER _ PLYMOUTH/ _ VAIIA VI _ IMPERIAL/'**^ 242SW.CAMIUBACK >** *' Junction of Black Canyon Freeway 2*4-7282 LOOK TO LUIfE! you serene and bucked up. Any employer should hire the most competent help. I wouldn't use wooden sticks, why should I use drinking caddies? I had one caddy once who called me at five in the morning to get him out of jail when I was leading the tournament." Walter not only commands respect from the pros but from other caddies. For one thing, he holds the caddy shed knockout record which earned him the nickname "Violence" which Walter frowns on. HE GETS $15-a-day and five per cent of Crampton's winnings, and his ambition is to upgrade a caddy's role in the tour to a point where it is as secure a profession as certified public accountants, where it's not a complicated form of panhandling but a career. Walter refuses to treat his dealings with a pro as master-servant relationship. He has been known to growl publicly at his man for a stupid shot. "A man," says Walter, "has to have dignity." At night, he is a collar-and-shirt man. He sleeps in beds on tour, not seats. Bruce C o m p t o n won $101,095 last year — not his own. Five percent of that, plus $105 a week, does not give you a carpet on the floor or a private teletype to your stockbroker, but Walter is looking forward to his first "major" tournament win. Then, he may take your case by appointment only. "I would," says Crampton, "rather give Walter the money than the government. The government can't read the breaks for you, or club you out of the rough." The Arizona Republic Phoenix, Sat., April 5, 1989 TOYOTAS GALORE OUR GOAL! 100 Toyota i thi« month try til TROPHIES If You Arc Late In Ivy- ing League, Team, Individual and Spenser Trophies, See Our Excitingly New, Distinctively Different Selection, All On Hand Ready For Immediate Delivery. Red Wilson's 2608 N. 16th St. 254-8821 3»0» W. 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