The newly formed Association of Professional Tour Caddies (APTC) met with officials from the PGA Tour for the first time on Monday in San Diego.
According to James Edmondson, Ryan Palmer’s caddie who is the president of the APTC, the meeting was a productive initial conversation as caddie’s attempt to create healthcare and retirement programs and improve the overall treatment of caddies on Tour.
Most of the APTC board members – including Edmondson, vice president Lance Bennett (who caddies for Matt Kuchar), treasurer Jimmy Johnston (Steve Stricker) and Joe LaCava (Tiger Woods) – attended the meeting.
Really? This is what we deal with out here. pic.twitter.com/YNPfyVXkk1— Lance Bennett (@lbscreech) January 10, 2014
“It went well. We gave them our three pillars and they agreed that the perception is outdated the way caddies are perceived,” Edmondson said. “We told them we want to work together with them and they agreed and were going to go back to Ponte Vedra Beach and start working on it.”
As far as improving the overall treatment of caddies on Tour, Edmondson said he was told by Tour officials that much of that falls on individual tournaments and that, “it was up to the tournament directors to decide how we are treated.”
Edmondson said he reached out to officials at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial on Tuesday and they agreed to improve the caddies’ access in May. Caddies will be allowed access to the clubhouse and member dining, areas that were previously off limits, at this year’s event.
“We are going to work with the tournament directors and address each tournament individually and discuss what we could do to improve our working conditions,” Edmondson said.