(WXYZ) – What’s it like for a professional golfer to play caddy? It is a unique dream to be called to the pros as a caddy on a local course.
Alex Sheehy, an assistant golf professional at the Detroit Golf Club, site of the PGA Tour’s Rocket Mortgage Classic, said he had no idea how likely he would be a caddy in the tournament.
“Every day I have a passion to play golf, to teach it and to develop the game. So I love coming to work every day, ”Sheehy said.
He’s been in office for two years. He said he grew up and worked on a golf course, but doesn’t know what he’s getting at.
That was until he tapped his high school talent. He won three medals at national tournaments.
Then he took a dip in Nebraska’s PGM PGA Program and Business Management. He became a scratch golfer, which means he’s really good.
Now he’s at one of Detroit’s most prestigious golf clubs, preparing to oversee another Rocket Mortgage Classic.
“It’s great to have these guys on the PGA tour. It’s great for the city of Detroit to get all of the fans here and see them, ”he said.
In 2020, Sheehy followed the tournament up close. With the COVID-19 logs, he served as an alternate caddy just in case one of the professional’s caddies got sidelined.
When it happened to Luke Donald, Sheehy got the call.
“He said, ‘Uh, I have a strange circumstance here. His caddy is gone. You’re next in line. Are you feeling well?’ I’m going ‘absolutely’, “Sheehy said.
He said Donald was a great guy and very personal.
“It was a super cool experience. Something I will remember forever. We also got to play with Hideki Matsuyama, who won the Masters this year. So it’s pretty cool to play with a major winner,” said he “I enjoy life to the fullest. I like coming to work every day. I enjoy our membership. I enjoy playing. I enjoy teaching the game. It makes everything easy.”