Tuesday, August 1, 2017 will be a day that Jalyn Robinson never forgets.
Jalyn and 25 other Youth on Course caddies were selected to caddie at the Celebrity Shootout at the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae.
“I first found out I was going to be caddying about a month before the Shootout,” Jalyn recalled. “I caddied for the Ellie Mae junior pro am the year before, and it was really cool to be able to see my pro in action.”
What Jalyn didn’t know was that she would be caddying for Warriors superstars Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson, and Warrior’s executives Jonnie West and Chris Stone.
“Finding out that it was the Warriors I would be caddying for just set me off. I felt really grateful,” she said. “I feel like the experience really humbled me.”
Jalyn is no rookie to caddying. She has caddied dozens of times at Claremont and Sequoyah Country Club since she joined the Caddie Academy in 2015, but this loop took the cake.
“The most surprising thing about caddying for them was their respect for the game,” Jalyn recalled. “I knew that Andre already had a huge knowledge for the game, but seeing Klay Thompson, Jonnie West and Chris Stone really getting into the zone really put a smile on my face.”
And Jalyn really was all smiles at the event. She was able to snap several photos with her players, and even made it on the Warriors Instagram feed.
“I learned to really have fun on the course,” Jalyn said. “This experience really taught me that laughing about a bad shot and congratulating someone else on a nice shot will make your round a lot better.”
Youth on Course developed the Caddie Academy in 2014 as a way to reintroduce youth caddies to golf in Northern California. Subsequently, it has provided more than 100 youth each summer with paid summer jobs, and a way to save money for college.
“What we didn’t totally anticipate when we created the caddie program was the mentorships connections that would form between the caddies and club members,” Youth on Course Executive Director Adam Heieck said. “When kids are outside, spending 4-5 hours with successful club members, there is a special opportunity for mentorship.”
Much like many of our caddies, Jalyn had a special moment on the course that has impacted her life.
“While Andre and I were walking on the course, his fans kept calling his name and he said to me, ‘Are you ready for people to keep calling your name over and over and over again, because you’re next!’ I thought that was really cool because he actually saw potential in my future in golf,” Jayln beamed. “I’ll remember that conversation forever.”