Saturday 17 March 2018

Dream comes true for caddie Fergal

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

FOR 17-year-old Fergal O'Shea, it's certainly been an Irish Open to remember.

Fergal was plucked from obscurity and cast into the spotlight when he was asked to caddy for Colm Moriarty.

Colm was best of the Irish on day one of the Irish Open and yesterday finished three under, just six shots behind the leader.

A total of 20,215 spectators turned up to watch the action in Killarney, up from 17,396 the previous year.

Darren Clarke and Padraig Harrington missed the cut on day two, so Irish hopes are still fixed on Moriarty.

Fergal, from Palace, Beaufort, Co Kerry, is a member of Killarney Golf and Fishing Club and got his lucky break on Tuesday, when the club asked if he would caddy for one of the pros. He couldn't believe it when he heard it was Colm. "They rang me up and asked me if I'd like to caddy and I said I would, of course," Fergal told the Irish Independent. "It was great to get the opportunity."

Putting up with tantrums following a bad day on the course can be the lot of a caddy but this duo are getting along famously.

Fergal, left, had seen Colm play at the Pro-Am two years ago but had never met him until last week.

"He's very nice and very easy to caddy for," said Fergal, who plays off a handicap of six. He has caddied before, but never at this level.

"You can come in for the blame sometimes, it depends on the person you're caddying for, but I'm lucky in that Colm is really easy to caddy for and easy to get along with."

Like all the other caddies at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club, caddy master James 'Wedge' Arthur has put him through his paces in preparation for the Open.

"At the moment, Fergal's very relaxed," said Arthur. "He's studying his book, has all his stats out for the pin positions and he's working pretty hard with it.

"Sometimes a good player might just need a caddy to carry the bag and Fergal is doing that. He's doing all the right things.

"We trained him well. Killarney is the best place to do that."

Irish Independent

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