Two young golfers Caddy For A Cure

By Jaime Dailey - bio | email

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - Defending champion Brian Gay was one of the golfers at the Verizon Heritage people were lining up to see.

"He's the defending champion. He's also high on the list for other tournaments. It's a big deal," said Tyler Bibbins.

At the Pro-Am, Beaufort High School senior Tyler Bibbins was the envy of many as he got access inside the ropes Wednesday as Gay's caddy.

"I watched last year, but I never thought I'd be a caddy, carrying a bag for a pro golfer, especially at the Pro Am," said Bibbins.

And Bibbins learned all of the ropes from the pros.

"He's doing good, he's harassing my caddy, which is great," said Gay. "My caddy wanted him to keep telling me how heavy the bag is because he always complains about it. He's already said it's lighter than he thought."

Lady's Island Middle School student Josh Fickes never imagined he would be traveling 18 holes alongside a professional golfer either, but he was Boo Weekly's caddy on Wednesday.

"It's like a dream come true," said Fickes.

It's all part of charity called Caddy For A Cure which raises money for countless charities including helping to find a cure for a disease called Fanconi Anemia.

"I was touched by this rare bone marrow disorder," said Russ Holden with Caddy for Cure. "A lot of deformities at birth and tragic diseases which unfortunately results in marrow failure requiring a marrow transplant. I was touched so deeply by it I said I wanted to do something."

And that's exactly what he's doing, one caddy at a time. While most of the guest caddies pay thousands of dollars for this once in a lifetime opportunity, both of these young aspiring golfers were picked to participate through a program called Caddy For A Cure with Character because of the character they exhibit.

"I think with everything that's happened in the world of golf over the last few months, character has come into the forefront and this is what the PGA Tour is all about, all about character, integrity and giving back," said Holden.

Through this experience, both of these young golfers are learning that displaying character and integrity pays off.

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