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Oliver makes a great step in his caddying career

TWO years ago, aged just 18, Oliver Crolla decided he wanted to become a full-time caddy on the professional tours.
The Hill Valley member had just finished a Level Three diploma course at Myerscough College, which had given the 12-handicapper a good insight into the game and he decided to give caddying a go.

Oliver said: “My dream of caddying on the European Tour looked to be a long way off in 2012 as I had very little money and took on two jobs in telesales and in a local bookmakers often working for 12-13 hours a day to make ends meet. I then picked up a few caddying jobs on the Seniors Tour, the EuroPro and Challenge tours.”

I had great support from my family but mostly I just made contacts and went out to tournaments and tried to make the most of what I had.
Then came the big break this year when I got a call from a friend to see if I could caddy for French golfer Jerome Lando Casanova on the Challenge Tour in Turkey. The week was fantastic and we finished second. For the rest of the summer we went to some very interesting places including Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan to name but a few. I was surprised how modern Kazakhstan was as my only previous experience of the country was through the film Borat!

The good results kept coming to keep us in contention of making the top 15 and an automatic place on the full European Tour and needing one second place in the last four events to achieve this. We headed to China in a positive mood but then with two mediocre results and some real misfortune I had to get Jerome to focus on the job in hand and not let the results get him down.

Apart from golf China was a real eye opener, a totally different way of life where they seem to eat anything (and I mean anything!) including caterpillar soup, crocodile, monkey and things such as a live eel, which is a delicacy out there.

Then having missed the cut in Oman it was make or break in Dubai at Albadia. We began with an opening round of 78 and it was difficult to imagine turning it round.

I had a conversation with Jerome that evening and we decided to simply go at every flag and play every shot as if it was our last. It certainly worked as he went out and shot a course record of 66.

We were still two shots off second place going into the final day and what unfolded on the 18th hole will stay with me for a long time.

Jerome made a birdie four on the last hole and he and his French compatriots waited on the 18th green to see how Oliver Farr did as he could knock Jerome out of second spot. I was in the locker room as it was too much to watch!

Oliver found the water on the last to make a bogey six but still had done enough to get his card.

It was sheer relief and enjoyment when the same caddy friend who had got me the caddy job in Turkey came into the locker room to tell me that we had got our European Tour card.

We had done it! Suffice to say the party and flight back to Manchester later that night were both very lively!

My aim now is to caddy in the majors. I would love that. The thrill of coming down the final stretch in a major must be unreal.

The skills required in caddying are so varied, you have to do yardages etc which is just general arithmetic, but apart from that you need to know when to say something and when not to say something.

You also have to be very confident in the way you deliver information so that there is no doubt in a player’s mind.

To achieve my goal of caddying on the European Tour is a real buzz for me and hopefully we can have another great year to think I was caddying on the EuroPro Tour in 2013 and now to make the European Tour is really amazing.