Photo by Christopher Tomlinson

Chloe Manchester of Grand Junction caddies for local golfer Joe Rukauina at the Lincoln Park Golf Course last week. Manchester is one of four caddies in the Solich Caddie & Leadership Academy, a new CGA caddie program being implemented on the Western Slope from the Front Range. The program teaches things like work ethic, golf skills and reliability, and has high school kids from around the city participating.

Leadership on the links

Golf caddie program on the rise in Grand Junction

Calvin Bavor’s self-admitted lack of knowledge of the golf course didn’t keep him from getting a summer job as a caddie.

The soon-to-be Grand Junction High School senior has never played golf competitively and doesn’t own his own set of clubs. But for his summer job, he carries other people’s golf clubs around and, on occasion, is asked his opinion on what club the player should use.

And all of it is on-the-job learning for a sport he didn’t know much about a few months ago.

“I hear a lot about some of the summer jobs some of my friends have,” Bavor said. “Then I tell them about my summer job. They can’t believe it.”

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