Happy Wednesday friends! We’ve reached the half way mark of the week which means it’s time for another Day in the Life post! Today I am super excited because today’s guest and I have a lot in common. Okay, maybe we have one thing in common, but still. Author Zoe McCarthy has allowed us to look into a day in the life of Allie Masterson, character in her latest book The Putting Green Whisperer. A lot of you may not know this, but I absolutely love golfing. I am not very good, and I don’t play often because it’s kind of expensive around here, but when I do play I have a wonderful time. It’s relaxing, fun, and I love being outdoors. Plus driving the golf cart can be a hoot! At least when I’m driving. 😉 Anyway, Allie is a golf caddy. Yep, you heard me, a female golf caddy! I’m so excited to share her day with you!
A Day in the Life of Caddy Allie Masterson
I caddy for my dad on the seniors’ PGA Champions Tour—for pros over age fifty. I play a lot of golf, and I’ve taught golf to kids. During the summer I was sixteen, I traveled with Dad on tour until life went sour for both of us. I’m confident in playing and teaching golf, but this is my first time caddying.
So, what’s a day like in my caddying job? It depends on what day. Sunday evenings or Monday mornings, we travel to the next tournament. One day during Monday through Wednesday, I walk the course with caddies Shoo and Mark. Shoo taught me how to do this complicated job. Although it’s hard for Mark to understand my enthusiasm, Shoo’s impressed with how fast I catch on. Thank goodness, he doesn’t catch on to how fast I’ve fallen for him. I’d die.
Anyway, we jot yardages in our yardage books. On the greens, we use a level to figure the slants of slopes. We don’t tell our players these stats. We use them to direct our pros to where the ball should land on the fairways and greens and where it shouldn’t, like in ponds and sand traps.
When I walk the course on Monday and Dad plays a practice round on Tuesday, we use my knowledge of the course to form a game plan for the rest of the week. When Dad doesn’t enter the pro-am events, I have Wednesdays off.
Which brings me to the days of the tournament. I need to meet Dad for his warm-up at the course practice area an hour before his tee time. My job is to supply everything Dad needs in his golf bag, drive him in the golf cart from tee to hole, and keep him on an even keel when shots don’t go well.
Dad doesn’t expect me to be a hands-on caddy like Shoo is for his player. Shoo plans to break into the PGA as a tour pro. He has an unbelievable gift to read the contours of the greens. When I watch Shoo putt, I could become a golf groupie. Yeah, as if I could be anyone’s groupie.
On the other hand, because I have a degree in sport science, I offered to train him to prepare him to play in an upcoming PGA tournament. Every day, we work the machines in his motel exercise room or run a few miles. On days off, Shoo and I play golf. I enjoy helping him live out his dream. He thinks I’m more committed to his dream than he is. He’s probably right. In fact, I’ve fallen in love with the clueless guy.
In the evenings, I hang out with the guys, playing Hearts. As a team, Shoo and I haven’t lost. We have this mental connection when it comes to golf and Hearts. Just not when it comes to love.
To sum up my day, I’ll refer to this saying, “If you find a job you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”
I love that saying!! Thank you Allie for sharing your day with us. What a treat!!!
About the Book
Suddenly unemployed, Allie Masterson returns home to Cary, North Carolina where she caddies for her father on the PGA Seniors Tour. There, she encounters a man who possesses an alluring gift of reading the contours of the green. Fascinated with his uncanny ability, Allie is excited to meet the Green Whisperer—until she discovers that the easygoing caddy is actually Shoo Leonard, the boy who teased her relentlessly when they were kids. Despite Allie’s reservations, when Shoo is faced with having to overcome a hand injury, she agrees to use her sport science degree to become his trainer…and then she falls for him.
Shoo Leonard is grateful to Allie for her singular determination to get him ready for the PGA tour, but he isn’t ready for anything more. Still raw from a broken engagement and focused on his career, he’s content to be her fist-bumping buddy…but then he falls for her.
What seems like a happily-ever-after on the horizon takes a turn when Allie decides she’s become a distraction to Shoo’s career. Is it time for her to step away or can The Putting Green Whisperer find the right words to make her stay?
About the Author
A full-time writer and speaker, Zoe M. McCarthy writes contemporary Christian romances involving tenderness and humor. She is the author of The Invisible Woman in a Red Dress, Gift of the Magpie, and Calculated Risk. Believing opposites distract, Zoe creates heroes and heroines who learn to embrace their differences. Zoe and her husband live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
Website and blog: https://zoemmccarthy.com