KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Keegan Bradley isn’t competing in next week’s Wyndham Championship, but his caddie will be busy, working at another major championship. Steve “Pepsi” Hale, who’s been on the bag for all three of Bradley’s PGA Tour victories, will caddie for Dylan Crowley at next week’s U.S. Amateur.
Crowley is a sophomore at St. John’s, Bradley’s alma mater. Hale lives in Colorado near Cherry Hills, the U.S. Amateur’s host site, and wanted the opportunity to caddie at the historic course while also helping out a young player. Hale said he’s walked Cherry Hills about 10 times while watching tournaments at the club, including the 2005 U.S. Women’s Open, but has never caddied there.
Hale is scheduled to fly from South Carolina, where he is caddying in the PGA Championship, to Colorado on Monday. Crowley, of Glen Cove, N.Y., tees off at Cherry Hills at 2:15 p.m. local time Monday in the day’s final group. Hale said he should arrive in time to caddy for Crowley in the first round. Crowley will play CommonGround Golf Course, the event’s other stroke-play site, at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
The U.S. Amateur features a 312-player field that plays one stroke-play round apiece on two golf courses. The field is then cut to 64 players for match play. All matches will be played at Cherry Hills, which hosted the 1960 U.S. Open and 1990 U.S. Amateur.
Crowley qualified for the U.S. Amateur by shooting 144 at North Shore Country Club in Glen Head, N.Y., then winning a 3-for-2 playoff. He is one of three St. John’s golfers to qualify for the U.S. Amateur.