I headed for Rockledge GC in West Hartford, CT yesterday to see if there was a spot for a single. The starter paired me up with a threesome. One of the guys was long time tour caddie Steve Hulka who was playing with his son. Steve's been carrying the bag for tour players since 1972 when he hooked up with David Graham. Over the years he's caddied for many players and carried Tom Watson's bag at a PGA championship. He's carried Aaron Baddeley's bag when they were paired with Tiger for a few rounds. These days he carries for Englishman Brian Davis
who is having a pretty good year: 1.6mm to date, T5 at the Players and 2nd at the Byron Nelson. Unfortunately for Brian (but fortunately for me) he missed the cut at the Travelers Championship as it afforded me the opportunity to hit Steve with a barrage of questions about life on tour.
Brian plays for Srixon and Steve gave me one of the balls that Brian had used at the Travelers.
Steve has an enterprising side business. He drives a pickup towing a 20 foot trailer and transports gear for other players. It saves them the hassle of flying with clubs and the prospects of losing them.
Their next stop is Tiger's tournament at Congressional.
I've always had a fascination with the history of the PGA tour and it was nice to spend a few hours with someone who has experienced part of it.