In this revealing look at the sport of golf, LPGA.com will catch up with popular caddies on Tour to learn some of the most entertaining stories about their job and player. They'll provide an insider's scoop on and off the course. Up next in the series is Kylie Pratt, caddie to Hee Young Park, she'll share insider scoop on Park.
Nickname on Tour: Prattles, Pratty
Years on tour: 7
Years with player: Hee Young Park – 4 years
How many wins total in caddie career: 1 (2011 CME Group Titleholders)
How did you start caddying for Hee Young:
My player at the time was not in the Evian Masters or the RICOH Women’s British Open. Hee Young was looking for a caddie for two weeks and after finishing 6th and just missing a top-10 in the second event I couldn't say no when I got the offer to work for her full time.
Five things we don’t know about Hee Young:
- Favorite Color is Orange
- Changes her golf ball makings about every two weeks (drives me crazy)
- Loves to cook
- Doesn't like spicy food
- Likes to play blackjack
How early does she arrive at the course?
Two hours total. Thirty minutes to eat and stretch, then 90 minutes to warm up.
Is she a talker on the course?
Mostly yes. We pretty much talk the entire round; movies, real estate, tv, stocks, news, etc. We cover all topics.
What’s your involvement on the course?
Everything. Probably too much, but Hee Young likes a lot of information. On iron shots most of the time she'll just want a pin number unless there is a difficult front carry.
The most interesting thing she carries in her bag:
I'd like to change the question. Most interesting thing I carry. Duct tape. You never know when the bag will break, or something will tear. Surprisingly I've had to break it out twice. Once for a bag repair, and the other was a clothing repair.
How did I end up on tour?
I came out to caddie for my friend Lindsey Wright for five weeks after I finished playing on the Futures Tour. Five weeks turned into seven years, and I'm still loving it.
Most embarrassing caddie moment:
Falling down the side of #18 green with the bag on my back and sliding four yards. There were no injuries and then got up to a roaring cheer. I still can't believe I didn't roll an ankle.
Best caddie career moment:
Winning the CME Group Titleholders.
Favorite course and why:
Any U.S. Women’s Open. They are always challenging to caddie and the atmosphere is always great. The British Open courses would be a close second.
What do you do in the off season:
Sit on the couch and watch TV. I need at least two weeks to decompress, and then I head back to Australia to visit the family for four weeks.