Senior golfer meets his hero

Chris Hubert, Staff Writer

As the golf cart approaches the green, John gets a closer look at his phenomenal shot and demands his putter. The caddy locates the putter out of his bag and walks to the green alongside John. Examining the shot, John asks the caddy which way the shot will break. With his stomach almost hitting the ground, the caddy reads the putt and notices a slight break to the left. John takes his advice and lines up the putt before sinking in the heart of the hole. With a smirk on his face, John thanks the caddy and they head back to the cart.
Senior Colby Sauer had the opportunity to caddy for John Daly on Sept. 8 for the Ascension Charity Classic Pro-AM tournament at Norwood Hills Country Club.
“Caddying for him was awesome because he is such a great guy,” Sauer said. “We talked about sports betting, college, golf in general, and the course he was playing. I feel like I kind of relate to him because he is an all-around funny guy who just wants to enjoy the game.”
At Sunset Country Club, Mark Belew, who was playing in the Pro-AM as well, invited Colby as a caddy to the tournament where eventually he would find himself caddying for Daly.
“It was cool, I was able to read putts for John while on the green,” Colby said. “We talked and I learned a lot. We talked about Fayetteville and Saint Louis. John told me there’s not a better place to be than Fayetteville.”
Daly had gone to the University of Arkansas Fayetteville when he was younger, sparking his love for the Razorbacks. His son now goes there and Daly continues to show his spirit to the school.
Colby’s dad Jeff watched the Pro-AM and was able to witness his son caddy for Daly for all 18 holes.
“I was very proud of my son and it was a very unique experience to watch my son caddy for one of the most popular and fan-favorite golf players,” Jeff Sauer said. “Seeing Colby have a smile on his face the whole round was really awesome. Every little moment of them together was very exciting for me.”
Daly would go on to shoot four under for the tournament and finish in a tie for 29th.
“I was stoked to have this experience,” Colby said. “I really will remember this for, like, my whole life.”