Georgetown's Brophy picks up bag for Gonzales
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
It’s hard to miss Web.com Tour player Andres Gonzales’ staff bag, what with a cartoon face made up solely of sunglasses and the trademark Fu Manchu.
Georgetown women’s golf coach Katie Brophy can attest to the weight of that bag. After hauling it around TPC Potomac in Potomac, Md., for six days, Brophy puts it at just less than 50 pounds.
Brophy got a call from Gonzales, a childhood friend, on May 25 when the Web.com Tour player, perhaps most famous for his series of outlandish tweets to Tiger Woods, was in need of a looper for the Mid-Atlantic Championship. Gonzales’ regular man was attending a wedding. Brophy, celebrating her 29th birthday that weekend, promised to show up for Monday’s practice round and stick around through the week.
“He’s a good friend, and I’ve know him for a long time,” Brophy said of Gonzales. The two got to know each other playing junior golf in Washington state, and Brophy was thankful for a chance to catch up with an old friend.
Brophy played college golf for Notre Dame before becoming the assistant coach at Indiana. She took the Georgetown job two years ago. Gonzales played for UNLV before turning pro in 2006.
Brophy used Monday’s practice round to get the feel of the course and to adjust to a Web.com Tour event. She has previously caddied for younger sister Annie in junior, amateur and Symetra Tour events.
“I told him Saturday night when he called, ‘Andres, I don’t know what I’m doing,’” Brophy said with a laugh. She called Gonzales a self-sufficient player who only consulted her a handful of times on putts that had him confused. Brophy says that’s typical of Gonzales’ on-course persona, even when his regular caddie is on the bag.
Brophy guesses she was the only female caddie in the field at the Mid-Atlantic Championship, and she took a good amount of ribbing for it from the rest of the caddies. Still, Gonzales shot 3-over 283 to finish T-21. It’s his first made cut of the year.
The thing that came in most handy for Brophy at TPC Potomac was being able to read Gonzales’ on-course emotions. She knew when to talk, and when to give her player some space, which is a skill she picked up in her seven years as a coach.
Call this favor to Gonzales a little bit of payback from Brophy. Gonzales visited with her team in October when he was in the Washington D.C. area.
“He was so engaging,” Brophy said of that evening. “It was awesome.”