Tuesday, March 31

Shane Bacon: Golf Blogger and LPGA Tour Looper

SHANE BACON IS BACK at the keyboard after spending last week caddying for LPGA Tour player Erica Blasberg at the J Golf Phoenix LPGA International. Shane is a self-described golf freak (at least I think I read that), which qualifies him as a close golf pal of yours truly.

Shane has played competitive golf, and even “went pro” a couple of summers ago on the Gateway Tour. He carded a 68 in his first round. (And he played all 18.) So, I think a little Shane worship is in order.

Yet last week was his first time inside the ropes looping for a tour pro. “I am not a professional caddie,” Shane wrote at Golf Fanhouse, “and that was apparent.”

His Caddie Tales are a great read. I especially liked his concluding remarks:
I’m a blogger. I write snippets because I’m asked to write them. They may or may not have a purpose and they are published so quickly you don't have time to pull them. The bottom line is, Michelle Wie is a 19-year-old girl that still smiles, and laughs and tries to make 10-footers just like we all do. She didn’t choose this life, talent did, and she is saddled with fans, expectations and a big, leather Sony bag.

Maybe I learned a simple thing this week that I haven’t ever grasped – they might be professionals, but they are just normal people doing a trade they were gifted enough to do. Being hard on them for no reason is ridiculous. It’s golf. Birdies, bogeys, pars and handshakes. Hopefully the knowledge I gained this week will remain with me as I spend the next few months writing about this lovely game.
–The Armchair Golfer


What Not to Say While Caddying for Erica Blasberg


Lancere said...

Excellent comment...this young man appears to have his act together.

Long Golf Drives said...

When working at a prestigious golf course as a teenager i met a lot of pro hockey players and other celebrities. I was always surprised at how normal and sometimes insecure they feel!

It was neat to cheer a player on the night before, and then the next day watch him shank a golf ball into the woods!

The Armchair Golfer said...

I also just recently learned that Shane went out and fired a 62! He said he thought that was his personal best.