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Steven Bowditch Hires 16-Year-Old Caddie On Twitter

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Let’s face it, players fire caddies and find new ones.  And, it’s not unusual to see a pro switch caddies mid-season.  But the way that Steven Bowditch went about it was a bit unconventional.

Bowditch has had a pretty rough season on the PGA TOUR. He’s missed the cut in all five tournaments that he’s played in. Throw in the fact that he only made two cuts in 27 attempts in 2017, and it’s pretty obvious that Bowditch needs to change something. So he’s implementing a pretty bold strategy.

Instead of working on his swing or doing some hardcore training, Bowditch has instead decided to offer up his bag to anyone. He posted a job listing on Twitter, asking for any and all students in the area if they wanted the job for a week. Bowditch put the hours as only Tuesday to Friday with the chance to continue through Sunday. As for payment, the lucky winner will get all the leftover balls and gloves they want, unless he makes the cut and there is a monetary prize.

The listing definitely sparked a lot of interest, generating hundreds of replies from the interested parties but the job ended up going to a 16-year-old named Elias Francque. Elias is from Chicago and visits his grandparents in Quad Cities, where the John Deere Classic is being played next week. Elias seems to have caught Bowditch’s eye with the fact that he has two uncles work for John Deere and he’s played the course before.

Hopefully, Bowditch can use the momentum and motivation of Elias to help turnaround what has been an awful fall from grace for the Australian. It was only three years ago that Bowditch won the AT&T Byron Nelson and was high on the money list, raking in $3 million. So it’s quite obvious that there is talent there, it’s just a matter of harnessing it.

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The latest Tweets from bowdo (@bowdo83): “Day one completed with @e_francque The kid is a stud!! #johndeereclassic”

It’s unknown whether Bowditch will look to keep Elias on his bag if he has a good showing this week, but who knows, it could bring him good luck. But eventually, Bowditch will have to find a permanent caddie so Elias can get back and focus on school in the fall and spring.

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