Opportunity knocked for Simmons thanks to the Northumberland Union of Golf Clubs, who every year obtain caddying
spots at Slaley Hall for junior golfers in the PGA Seniors Championship, through the county's development programme.
And while caddying
has become more prestigious among whites, younger blacks have sharply turned against it, as they have a number of other menial jobs.
Class oppositions have traditionally been the hallmark of golf in Canada, with caddying
being the only opportunity for young working-class males to enter the sport.
"I went back to England and was lucky enough to get a job caddying
at the Benson and Hedges event at St Mellion for the Swedish guy Olle Karlsson."
David, a Backworth club golfer who once played off a handicap of two, has always, as with Wallsend Boys Club, helped young sportsmen and in 1996 he was at it again, caddying
for Ashington's Kenneth Ferrie when he won the British Boys title over the Littlestone course in Kent.
Shelby Newman of Coos Bay, a college student and an "A Caddy," said the largest tip she's received was "$500 - five one hundred-dollar bills" for a single day of caddying
According to John Merchant, a former board member of the United States Golf Association, "caddying
offered African Americans the opportunity to make money, do healthy, hard, outdoor work, and enable these [young men] to learn the game.
But years later, after caddying
on the South African tour, he decided to make it his career and came to Europe looking for work.
There's a lot more to caddying
than carrying a bag and wiping clubs.
Aitchison, who started caddying
on Tour in 1951 and later became caddy-master to the European Tour, has criticised Montgomerie before.
"One day I was caddying
for Michael when Catherine, who was playing in a different party, spotted us from the opposite fairway and came across to meet us.
Craig took up caddying
the week after leaving St Columba's High School in Clydebank.
"He loved caddying
in Florida and they liked having a Scottish caddy because he came from the home of golf.
Gilmour, who worked for Greg Norman for five years, was forced to quit caddying
midway through last year's Spanish Open.
We are talking about caddying
for the man who can be a curmudgeon one minute and a charmer the next.