JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The gentleman’s agreement was made last Saturday, when Richard Grice first met San Diego State sophomore Gunn Yang on the first tee at Atlanta Athletic Club.
Grice, a board member here, volunteered to caddie at this week’s U.S. Amateur, so he didn’t want to accept any payment for his services. Their deal: If Gunn reached the finals – and thus earned a spot at the Masters – then Grice wanted to be on the bag at Augusta.
“I’m not sure if it’s a binding agreement,” Grice said, smiling, after Yang defeated Fred Wedel in 19 holes Saturday.
Now that the Masters dream has become a reality, Gunn would be wise to follow through with that agreement – after all, Grice is an attorney at Atlanta-based Alston and Bird.
Yang said that he’d bring Grice along to Augusta, but he worried that he’d need to divvy up the toting duties that week. His longtime swing instructor, Glen Daugherty, has been talking about such an arrangement for a year, but he's in his 60s and might not be in the best shape to tackle Augusta's hilly terrain. His coach at San Diego State, Ryan Donovan, likely wants a tryout too.
At least Grice, a 9 handicap, has played a few rounds at Augusta National.
“I’ve got some street cred there,” he joked.