|Golf, IL – (May 19, 2015) – The Western Golf Association inducted Greg Kunkel – longtime caddie manager at Sunset Ridge Country Club in Northfield, Illinois – into The Caddie Hall of Fame this month for promoting caddying and mentoring thousands of caddies over his 30-year tenure.
Kunkel was presented a bronze caddie statue by WGA Chairman Dennis O’Keefe during a May 8 ceremony at the club.
Kunkel has left an indelible mark on Sunset Ridge, its membership and, most of all, the caddies who so respect and admire him.
“Greg has helped shape the lives of thousands of Sunset Ridge caddies, Evans Scholars Alumni, four current Evans Scholars, and another Sunset Ridge caddie who was awarded the Evans Scholarship to begin school this fall,” O’Keefe said. “He has truly set an example for others to follow and is more than deserving of this honor.”
The WGA oversees the Caddie Hall of Fame, which highlights the rich tradition and importance of caddying through 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 caddies, or prominent individuals who have used their caddie experiences as a stepping stone for future success.
Kunkel began his career at Sunset Ridge Country Club in 1986 working for the club’s longtime caddie manager and 1999 Caddie Hall of Fame inductee Tony Battistello.
Under Battistello – and later Kunkel – Sunset Ridge has built a nationally renowned caddie program that has produced more than 30 Evans Scholars since 1952.
“Greg cares about the caddie training and performance; the golfer’s experience; and perhaps most important, the lives of his caddies,” said Sunset Ridge member and WGA Director Bob Caldwell. “He is a friend to many and a giver in countless ways, taking care of those in need in his own, inimitable style.
“His contribution to Sunset Ridge, his caddies and their families, and the game of golf itself make him a deserving member of the Caddie Hall of Fame,” Caldwell added.Date: 4/16/2015