GOLF, ILLINOIS. (Sept. 20, 2016) – Longtime PGA TOUR caddie Andrew Martinez has been inducted into The Caddie Hall of Fame, which highlights the tradition and importance of caddying by recognizing individuals who have devoted their lives to the game of golf through caddying or by supporting the role of caddies.Date: 9/1/2016
The Caddie Hall of Fame, founded in 1999 by the Professional Caddies Association and Dennis and Laura Cone, has been administered by the Western Golf Association since 2011.
Martinez joins the likes of Chick Evans, Francis Ouimet, Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus, Steve Williams, Bill Murray and the Murray brothers in The Caddie Hall of Fame.
A native of San Pedro, California, Martinez has caddied for some of the game’s most successful players over the past 50 years. He began looping on the PGA TOUR for Grier Jones in 1968 before spending 12 years alongside Johnny Miller.
In 1992, Martinez was hired by Tom Lehman and, together, they won the 1996 Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, as well as more than 30 PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions events over 23 years. Martinez caddied briefly for Aaron Baddeley and now works alongside Zac Blair on the PGA TOUR.
“The many years I’ve caddied on the TOUR have taught me that there’s strong dignity in service,” Martinez says. “It has been a big honor for me to serve so many great golfers over the years.”
Martinez was officially inducted into the Caddie Hall of Fame at the BMW Championship Pro-Am dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana.
“We are honored to induct Andrew Martinez into The Caddie Hall of Fame,” said David Robinson, Chairman of the Western Golf Association, which conducts the BMW Championship. “As a longtime TOUR caddie, he is truly a legend in the caddie ranks, having carried the bag for some of the game’s most successful players in a career that has spanned five decades. His contributions on the course have no doubt helped spotlight the importance of caddying to the game of golf.”