Caddying at the Marathon Classic? It’s more than carrying clubs

Matt Green, Maddie McCrary’s caddie, on the tee box of the No. 1 hole during the second round of the LPGA Marathon Classic at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio, on Friday, July 13, 2018. THE BLADE/KURT STEISS


















SYLVANIA – Maddie McCrary walked out of the tent after she finished signing her score card, and she met her caddie Matt Green.

Green, 27, has been McCrary’s caddie for the past two weeks. It was a temporary move for him as he usually caddies for his sister, Jaye Marie Green, who is also competing in the Marathon Classic.

He gave McCrary a hug, as the two have finished working together for now. McCrary shot a 70 (-1), but she didn’t make the cut Friday during the second round of the Marathon Classic at Highland Meadows Golf Club.

“I’m gonna miss you,” Green said as the two shared a brief hug.

For the past two weeks, Green has enjoyed working with McCrary, a rookie on the LPGA Tour. He was on McCrary’s bag last week for the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, where she made the cut for the second time in her pro career.

“She knows I know what I’m doing, and we just literally vibe out there,” Green said.

Green said the temporary transition away from his sister was a bit different – he’s been her caddie full-time for four years. Matt’s father Donnie Green retired as Jaye’s caddie in 2015, but Donnie is Jaye’s caddie for the Marathon Classic. He is usually Jaye’s caddie during the Marathon Classic because he grew up in the area.

Green said McCrary’s and his sister’s pace of play are different – Jaye is a bit quicker – but that was the only difference he saw.

Still, Green has appreciated working with McCrary because she has treated him well. In working with McCrary, Green has seen that some golfers on the tour don’t treat their caddies as well as McCrary has treated him. McCrary has made sandwiches for Green, and she has also brought snacks and sunscreen in the past.

“I’ve heard some pretty bad stories of how girls treat their caddies,” McCrary said. “You’re paying them and everything, but I mean you have to take care of your caddie.”

Though Green will return to caddying for his sister, McCrary appreciates what he brought to the golf course. Green and McCrary regularly discussed shots during the round. Along with that, McCrary said he also keeps the vibe light on the course.

“It’s always a fun walk with him,” McCrary said. “He always cracks jokes, and we’re always smiling and we’re laughing having a good time. It was so much fun.”

With McCrary in the early stages of her pro career, Green believes she has the tools to be a solid golfer. He said she strikes the ball well and has a good, all-around game. But with that, he thinks she needs a pro caddie to help her navigate courses better.

As Green returns to caddying for his sister, he would appreciate the opportunity to work with McCrary again. The two are done working together for now, but Green said he had a good experience working with McCrary these past two weeks.

“I’d drop plans to work with Maddie,” Green said. “It was awesome.”

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