Welcome to Minnesota Minority Junior Golf Association

CaddyCaddie Newsletter

Issue: #4

May 21, 2008

Hello MMJGA Participants & Parents,

Things are really getting exciting for the 2008 season. Most of you have already been out caddying and playing, and we are thrilled with the fantastic participation. This weekend should be a good one for caddying because of the Memorial Day holiday so get out there, have fun and make some money.


Vans to the Courses

Van transportation is unavailable this weekend, due to the holiday. We will be resuming van service on weekend mornings Saturday, May 31st.

This is the ride reservation protocol:

If you want a ride for Saturday or Sunday morning call Jack by Thursday at 5:00 PM at 612.309.8884. Leave a message with your name, home course and time you need to be at your golf course. Jack will call you back Thursday evening with details on your pickup time and location. Keep in mind that pickups will be from Minneapolis Recreation Centers & the Urban League.

If you reserve a ride, you must show up: No exceptions. If you reserve a ride and do not show up you will lose your van riding priviledges for the year.


Top Ten List

We had 10 participants at our clinic last Tuesday with our head professional, Dee Forsberg.

In the one hour session, Dee taught the basics of the grip and swing. For some MMJGA participants in their very first lesson, Dee taught them the art of the "draw". Something that took me 15 years to learn was a single-lesson breeze to our caddies.

This was our last clinic until school gets out. Check your schedules for the dates of our clinics and of course, we'll have more information in our future newsletters.

Laveriis watches his ball fly (left), Carlos follows through (center) and Kyra gets some pointers from Dee (right).

Dee shows MMJGA participants the arc of the swing.


Season Underway

For most of you, your course trainings are finishing up. Below is a list of caddie guidelines as well as good time to report for caddying:

Golden Valley Caddies
7001 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN 55427

To clarify, there is a new system for Golden Valley in which Caddiemaster Cameron calls caddies a few days in advance if he needs them for the weekend. This means that you do not report unless you are called. The good news about this process is that you won't have to wait around the caddieshack very long for an assignment. If you don't get called soon, contact Jack.

Minikahda Caddies
3205 Excelsior Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55416

Working Saturdays & Sundays is required throughout the summer, as per the instructions from Caddiemaster Pat. If you have questions about start times, please contact Jack. They have also listed their special events in the booklet they handed out at orientation, so please note that for your schedules. There is great opportunity here, but it requires great commitment.

They do have a Memorial Day Event on Monday, so there should be plenty of loops on an off-day from school.

Oak Ridge Caddies
700 Oak Ridge Road
Hopkins, MN 55305

Caddying is in full swing (pun intended) at Oak Ridge with Caddiemaster Chris leading the group. Please report Saturdays & Sundays at 7:00 AM for caddie assignments.

Town & Country Caddies
300 Mississippi River Blvd N
St Paul, MN 55104

Report between 6:30-7 AM (no earlier than 6:30) to the course on a weekend morning for caddying opportunities. Greg is the caddiemaster at T&C and if you have any questions, please let him know.

Midland Hills Caddies
2001 Fulham Street
Saint Paul, MN 55113

Please report to Midland Hills between 6:30-7 AM on Saturday or Sunday for your loops. Tucker & Matt are the caddiemasters at Midland Hills.

If you have any questions about your home course contact Jack at 612.309.8884.


I love your phone calls, but...

First of all, I appreciate open communication and this year the participants have done a wonderful job of communicating. However, there have been several cases in which people have contacted me when it is too late for me to do anything about it.

For example, calling me on a Friday night at 10:00 PM with a question about the meeting time on Saturday morning is too late. And if you're reading this and you think I'm calling you out personally... you're not alone. This happens quite regularly in our program and to remedy this, I want us all to get in the habit of using our planners. This way, you will have all of the information down on paper.

Please get in the habit of bringing your MMJGA planners with you for all MMJGA events and caddying assignments. They fit comfortably in your pocket and are easy to carry with you. And if you use them regularly, you will not have to worry about remembering the meeting time and your life with be a lot less stressful.

Again, I want to re-iterate that I welcome phone calls & emails with any problems or concerns you might have. But I also want to encourage responsibility. Please plan ahead so you don't have to scramble at the last minute.

All good things,
Jack Stahlmann