In an unexpected turn of events, Bedford School Golf Scholar, Josh Taylor, found himself caddying for a high profile player at the 2015 British Masters held at Woburn Golf Club last week.
Josh, one of seven Bedford School Golf Scholars supporting the European Tour event, had expected to spend his time carrying a scoreboard around but instead found himself caddying for the Swedish Pro Rikard Karlberg when his caddy, unfortunately, slipped down a hill on the 14th and damaged a ligament in his calf. Having never caddied before, never mind in a European tour event, televised on sky sports with a £3 million prize pot and £500k for the winner, this was a remarkable opportunity for the talented young golfer, who just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
Over the first two days, with the encouragement and support of Rikard Karlberg, Lee Slattery, Dave Horsey and their caddies, Josh mastered the etiquette of caddying, including where to stand at what time, which caddy holds the flag at what times and the 'proper' way to rake a bunker etc. However, the learning curve wasn’t all one way; as Josh, who thanks to Bedford School’s partnership with Woburn, was able to share his extensive knowledge of the course with Rikard, who had never played there before this week, and give advice on reading putts and general course strategy.
After making the cut, Rikard joined Ian Poulter and Ashley Chesters on day three. Both players were talkative and friendly, and Chesters, in particular, generously shared his experience and advice on the Walker Cup, the amateur circuit that Josh currently plays in, and the route to turning pro.
By day four the partnership was cemented and, comfortable in his role, Josh enjoyed the buzz of the big crowds and the incredible experience gained from watching the pros and hearing Rikard 'thinking out loud' about his shots before starting his routine.
Speaking on his extraordinary British Masters experience, Josh told us, “I've learnt such a huge amount. Being that close to the action was an unforgettable experience and something that not many people get.”
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