The Western Golf Association inducted PGA Tour caddie Steve Williams into the Caddie Hall of Fame for his contribution in promoting caddies and their role in the game of golf.
Williams was presented a bronze caddie statue by NBC and Golf Channel’s Steve Sands at the awards dinner following the Gardner Heidrick Pro-Am at Cherry Hills Country Club, site of this week’s BMW Championship.
“I want to thank the Western Golf Association for inducting me into the Caddie Hall of Fame,” Williams said. “I very much appreciate this honor.”
WGA President & CEO John Kaczkowski said Williams’ successful career embodies the caddie values of hard work, dedication and teamwork. “For more than 15 years, no one has been more synonymous with caddying than Steve Williams,” said Kaczkowski. “In addition to caddying for major champions Tiger Woods and Adam Scott, Steve has elevated the profile of caddies worldwide and inspired countless young people to want to be caddies.”
The WGA oversees the Caddie Hall of Fame, which highlights the tradition of caddying by recognizing individuals who have played a prominent role in the promotion of caddies as an integral part of the game of golf. Past honorees include Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson.
Those who have been inducted are either caddie administrators or advocates, individuals who became prominent loopers, or prominent individuals who have used their caddie experiences as a stepping stone for future success.
Williams began caddying as a boy at his home club in New Zealand. From the age of 10, he spent nearly every weekend caddying. His first professional job was as caddie for Australian great Peter Thomson when Steve was just 13. He later caddied for Greg Norman and Raymond Floyd before joining Woods in 1999.
With Williams on the bag, Woods won 13 major championships. He now works for Adam Scott, who won the 2013 Masters with Williams as his caddie.
“Steve has been on the bag for more major championship wins than any other caddie,” said Sands. “Steve’s work embodies the caddie values of hard work, dedication and teamwork. There is no caddie more deserving of this honor.”
The above report is courtesy of the Western Golf Association. For more information, visit www.wgaesf.org