Tour caddies, unite! New group will 'professionalize' job

Dean Herden
Dean Herden (Photo: Getty Images)

Professional caddies are banding together, but don't call it a union.
Cofounded by Dean Herden, Gary Matthews and Basil Van Rooyen, the Tour Caddies Association is a new group "representing, providing benefits and advocating for those who carry the bag on professional golf tours worldwide."

“It’s always bothered me seeing caddies waiting in a parking lot the week of a tournament, hoping to land a job,” Herden, who caddies for the LPGA's Hee Kyung Seo, told the Golf Channel. “I’ve seen a caddie who won two U.S. Opens looking for a job in a parking lot. That’s not right. We would like to see the industry professionalized. That’s the idea behind this.”
Marini Player Management
“Everybody in golf is organized now except the caddies,” said Marini. “They’re the last element of the game not organized or standardized ... We are not a union. It’s the furthest thing from our minds. We are not here to organize a labor industry.”

Caddies are hired by individual players and are not employees of the Tour, so the formation of a union was "not really possible," according to Marini, but "we're not here to complain about wages or working conditions" anyway. Marini said PGA Tour was "100 percent behind [them]" in their efforts to raise the personal and professional standards of the industry.



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