PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The annual Bruce Edwards Caddie Competition has always been special to Brent Henley, Robert Garrigus’ looper, but the event took on even greater importance on Wednesday.
Sammy Henley, Brent’s father, died on April 22 after an extended battle with ALS, which Wednesday’s competition supports. Players donate the “purse” for the event, which goes to the winning caddie, and the PGA Tour matches those funds and that portion is donated to ALS research.
“I won (the caddie competition) two years ago and I didn’t donate any money to it and my father was dying with it. You seem like what little you give isn’t helping,” Henley said on Wednesday. “But what the Tour is doing is unbelievable because there was a lot of money in there. That will make a difference.”
Henley, who won in 2012 with a tee shot to 3 feet, 7 inches, didn’t fare as well on Wednesday, hitting his tee shot from 135 yards heavy and into the murky water.