Legendary Looper Joe LaCava has had an extraordinary life. Fortunately... as I found out over breakfast this morning... he's also an exceptional storyteller. The Newtown, CT native was guest speaker at the annual Friends of Richter Park fundraiser today, and kept the audience entertained for almost an hour with compelling tales of life on tour.
A PGA caddy for nearly three decades, LaCava first spent several years caddying for his cousin, the mercurial champion Ken Green, then came more than two decades on the bag of easygoing golf icon, Fred Couples. After a brief stint with Dustin Johnson, LaCava signed on with Tiger Woods in October 2011. To say that he's caddied for contrasting personalities would be an understatement.
Obviously, this is a man with high emotional intelligence... and the ability to read people as well as he reads putts... and that's what's allowed him to become a valued asset to such a diverse group of players.
This morning LaCava wove a narrative, with a dozen or more interconnected stories. They touched upon the joys and challenges of a job that's quite enigmatic to most of the population. It was plain to see that Joe LaCava enjoyed sharing his stories... he's naturally garrulous and open... and the audience clearly enjoyed the glimpse he gave them into his unique lifestyle.
Meanwhile the Third Annual Friends of Richter Park fundraiser breakfast was very well attended, and we're looking forward to getting back onto our wonderful town course for the season. In addition to the golf course Richter Park is home to a performing arts center, tennis courts, a network of hiking trails and an excellent restaurant... it's a multi-faceted recreational/arts destination.