The Way Golf Should Be Played
Inverness’ caddie program dates back nearly to the Club’s inception in the early 1900s. More than eight decades have passed since the 1920 Inverness yearbook set forth many of the “caddie” rules that remain in effect today. Caddies registered daily with the caddie master and were sent out in turn. Since then, the advent of the motorized golf cart caused the demise of caddies programs at many clubs. At Inverness, however, carts roll down the fairways only under limited circumstances, and caddies remain very much a part of the daily golf experience.
Caddies at Inverness are not only trained how to master the work of a caddie, but learn the game of golf. They are taught how to anticipate golfers’ needs and establish rapport. As one of the largest employers of teenagers in the Toledo metropolitan area, Inverness Club employs about 400 caddies annually. Every aspect of the job is covered including counting and sorting clubs, caring for the golfer’s equipment, where to stand, how to follow the flight of the ball, how to pace-off yardage, tending flags, and social skills. The traditional spirit that is displayed throughout Inverness Club extends onto the golf course with the Club’s caddie program.
Evans Scholarship Program
The 1920 Inverness yearbook included an honorary member listing for Charles Evans, Jr., who later became the “patron saint of the caddies,” and in whose name the Evans Scholarship program is named. Today, more than 100,000 golfers contribute annually to this scholarship program that provides full college tuition and housing for an average of 825 caddie-scholars annually at nineteen universities. Inverness has the largest caddie program in Ohio and claims more than 125 Evans Scholars alumni.