George drove over to Ould Newbury with a couple of pals from his neighborhood when he heard that they needed caddies. At that time there were no carts at the club so caddies were in demand and ONGC had a stable of about 20 caddies waiting for players. He didn’t really know much about what a caddy did but he needed to work and needed the money.
His friends introduced him to John McDonald who was the Pro at Ould Newbury in 1957. John, a kindly gentleman, took George out to one of the holes and taught him the basics of caddying: how to carry a bag, where all the clubs belonged in the bag, where to stand while his player was driving the ball and where to watch for the balls.
Later that day George took on his first customer, Mr. Al Ash. George was 17 at the time and quite small and slight, probably about 4’8” and 70 pounds. George recalls, “Mr. Ash took one look at me and turned on his heels back into the locker room and came back out with a push cart with wheels. He probably thought I would never get his clubs around the course without help.”
After his first weekend of caddying, his friends asked George if he was coming out the next day. “Is there much call for a caddy on a Monday?” asked George. “No,” answered his pal, “Monday is caddy’s day and we can play for free.” John McDonald pulled together a ragtag bunch of clubs for his new caddy and George, who never played before, came out. He said, “I figured I took about a 19 on my first hole and maybe a 21 on my second. I played 72 holes that first day and haven’t stopped since. I loved it.”
George not only loves the game, he loves Ould Newbury and the home feeling and interaction with the members. It is his home away from home.