MMJGA News

Welcome to Minnesota Minority Junior Golf Association

CaddyCaddie Newsletter

Issue: #8

July 3, 2008

Hello MMJGA Participants & Parents,

The last 10 days have been an absolute blast with two play days, golf lessons with our head pro Dee, and a visit to the 2008 US Women's Open. But we have plenty more fun events as the season unfolds.


 

PLAY DAY

Let's play nine

We have another "play day" at Theodore Wirth Par 3 Golf Course on Monday, July 7. Our previous play days have been huge successes with over 20 MMJGA participants and a few parents showing off their golf skills. The events have been a lot of fun and we encourage all participants to join us for future outings.

Here are some of the highlights from previous play days:

Keith almost chips it in!

Isaiah looks on (left) while Kaishon & Colton get ready on the tee box (right).


UPCOMING EVENTS

Save the Dates!

We have a couple of events coming up for our top performers only. These are special events and Jack will be selecting the top caddies based on caddie & MMJGA attendance, caddie report cards, and overall attitude. We only have a few spots, so don't be let down if you're not selected. Instead, let that motivate you to attend more MMJGA events so you can be selected in the future!

Thursday, July 10th - all day
Caddie for the Leo Lewis Tournament

Monday, July 14th - all day
Caddying for the Wendy's Fundraising Tournament

Tuesday, July 15th - all day
A chance to play some golf in the 3M Championship youth skills competition

Much more information coming soon, so stay tuned!


USGA WOMEN'S OPEN

Championship Golf

On Thursday, June 26th, twenty-seven MMJGA participants headed to Interlachen to witness the top women golfers in the world vie for our national championship at the US Women's Open. The event included transportation and free lunch... who says that there is no such thing as a free lunch?

It was hot, but our program beared the heat to enjoy some wonderful golf action.

The following day, four of our top performers from last season got some behind the scenes access, as they enjoyed VIP tickets in the clubhouse. This event allowed our youngsters to rub shoulders with Annika Sorenstam and Natalie Gulbis.

Unfortunately, the USGA did not allow any cameras, so we did not get any pictures... so you'll have to take our word for it that we were there.


TRANSPORTATION

Vans to the Courses

Van transportation is up and running. We provide transportation to MOST Monday play days and Tuesday golf clinics. We also provide morning transportation to your home golf course.

This is the ride reservation protocol:

If you want a ride for ANY EVENT call Jack with 48 hours advance warning at 612.309.8884. This deadline is flexible for Golden Valley caddies only... because some of you haven't been getting assignments until Friday.

When you call, leave a message with your name and the event in which you need a ride - ie: caddying, play day, ect. Jack will call you back 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.


COURSE UPDATES

For your convenience, below is a list of caddie guidelines as well as good time to report for caddying at your various courses:

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 emails caddies a few days in advance to check availability for the weekend. Then based on your availability, he emails back to let you know your assignments. This means that you do not report unless you are contacted. The good news about this process is that you won't have to wait around the caddieshack very long for an assignment. If you are not getting contacted by Cameron, email or call 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.

Oak Ridge Caddies
700 Oak Ridge Road
Hopkins, MN 55305

Caddiemaster Chris leads the group at Oak Ridge. Please report Saturdays & Sundays at 7:00 AM for caddie assignments. Wednesday & Friday afternoons also have caddying available, so report at noon on those days for extra loops.

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. There are also weekday opportunities here. 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.


All good things,
Jack Stahlmann