Pinehurst Caddie Willie McRae Inducted Into Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame
16 Feb 2017
by Pete Wlodkowski of AmateurGolf.com

Legendary caddie Willie McRae has his photo hanging in the main walkway through the clubhouse at Pinehurst. Now, he's a member of the Carolinas Golf Hall Of Fame.

McRae has caddied for five presidents, many celebrities, and legendary golfers like Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, and Arnold Palmer. When Peter Uihlein was coming up through the amateur ranks 5-10 years ago, his father Wally (the CEO of Acushnet) always requested McRae. There's nothing like experience. And McRae has been walking the fairways of Pinehurst for seven decades. Amazing!

Willie McRae (center) has been inducted into the Carolinas Golf Hall Of Fame

He even survived a round caddying for me, during a rainstorm that left both of us drenched to the bone. And to his credit, he never lost his enthusiasm for the game, even though it was just a ceremonial match and there were more than a few "others" recorded. The photo above says it all.

“I got tired of working on the farm so hard so when I was 10 my daddy asked me if I would like to caddy and I said ‘yeah,”’ McRae said. “I’ve met so many good people that I wouldn’t have met on a regular job. Everybody has been so nice.”

Congratulations Willie - we'll see you next time we visit Pinehurst.

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