Longtime Sleepy Hollow caddie manager inducted into Caddie Hall of Fame
Golf, IL – (October 17, 2017) – Joe Barreiro, the longtime caddie manager at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Briarcliff Manor, New York, was inducted into The Caddie Hall of Fame last week for promoting caddying and mentoring thousands of caddies over his 45-year tenure.
Barreiro was presented a bronze caddie statuette during a Oct. 15 ceremony celebrating his storied career and forthcoming retirement.
A native of nearby Ossining, New York, Barreiro first arrived at Sleepy Hollow in 1965 as a 13-year-old caddie. Seven years later, he was named the club’s caddie manager and began a career that has stretched more than four decades.
“Joe has helped shape the lives of thousands of Sleepy Hollow caddies, and clearly means so much to the club’s members, staff and guests,” said WGA Chairman David Robinson. “He has truly set an example for others to follow and is more than deserving of this honor.”
Barreiro is credited by members at Sleepy Hollow with helping keep golf a walking game at the club, and also mentored upwards of 4,000 youth and adult caddies during his tenure.
“Joe has always, without fail, delivered the best caddie program to the membership at Sleepy Hollow year after year,” club president Bob Mayer said. “He has been a teacher and … counsel to many children of members at Sleepy Hollow, including my own.
“His thoughts on decorum and conduct are life lessons never forgotten by those being introduced to the game,” Mayer said.
Administered by the Western Golf Association since 2011, The Caddie Hall of Fame 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.
Past inductees include Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Charles “Chick” Evans, Francis Ouimet, Steve Williams, Jim “Bones” Mackay, and the Murray Brothers.