Bowditch pays it forward with Twitter caddie hire

Bowditch pays it forward with Twitter caddie hire

SILVAS, Ill. – Steven Bowditch was a teenager when he landed a one-off chance to caddie for John Senden at the Jack Newton Classic in Coolum, Australia. After opening up the job on Twitter, and getting more applicants than he anticipated, Bowditch hired 16-year-old Elias Francque, a kid from the suburbs of Chicago whose uncles work for John Deere and whose grandparents run a farm near TPC Deere Run. Bowditch, who won the 2015 AT&T Byron Nelson, lit up Twitter with his job posting: Any local kids/college players in the Quad cities area that are interested in caddying in the tournament this week, this thread is for you. Ive played the course and loved it. Two of my uncles work for John Deere. Senden paid it forward when he hired Bowditch years later, and now Bowditch, 35, has kept it going. He is perhaps just being realistic when he gives himself little chance to make the cut; he is 0-for-5 this season, and coming off a brutal year in which he made just two cuts in 27 chances. “He’s a good caddie,” Bowditch said. Bryson DeChambeau missed eight straight cuts last season before breaking out with his first PGA TOUR win at the Deere. What if he doesn’t just make the cut at the Deere.

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Steven Bowditch received more than 150 responses to his Twitter post. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Steven Bowditch received more than 150 responses to his Twitter post. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

SILVAS, Ill. – Steven Bowditch was a teenager when he landed a one-off chance to caddie for John Senden at the Jack Newton Classic in Coolum, Australia. It was a formative experience, so when Bowditch learned he’d gotten into this week’s John Deere Classic, he paid it forward.

After opening up the job on Twitter, and getting more applicants than he anticipated, Bowditch hired 16-year-old Elias Francque, a kid from the suburbs of Chicago whose uncles work for John Deere and whose grandparents run a farm near TPC Deere Run.

“It was something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Bowditch, “and I had a late entry, I got called Monday afternoon. I was struggling to find a caddie, and I thought about it, thought this was probably a good opportunity to make a kid smile for the week, and that’s all it was.”

That may have been all it was, but fans have had fun following the late-developing arranged marriage. Bowditch, who won the 2015 AT&T Byron Nelson, lit up Twitter with his job posting:

Any local kids/college players in the Quad cities area that are interested in caddying in the tournament this week, this thread is for you. The best response/reason gets…

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