Q-and-A with Shane Purtle, Evans Scholar
July 4, 2012 8:28PM
Shane Purtle, Evans Scholar.
Updated: August 6, 2012 12:14PM
Purtle, a Lemont graduate, caddies out of Crystal Tree Golf and Country Club in Orland Park. He will attend Indiana University.
What was your reaction to being named an Evans Scholar?
I couldn’t have been happier. It means the world to me, and was something I’ve set my mind and goals to since eighth grade. I spent all my summers caddying and ... all my time working on my grades. It’s just something that I can’t put into words.
Do you enjoy caddying or golfing better?
I like golfing better, but I’d rather be a caddie on the PGA Tour. It’s extremely rewarding being able to tell someone what to do, and they’re able to do it.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received on the golf course?
It’s always been to stay calm. My dad always tells me to stay calm. The more worked up you get, the worse you play. I try telling people that they aren’t professionals and they’re going to hit bad shots. Even professionals hit bad shots.
What’s your most embarrassing moment on a golf course?
Downstate last year I was in first place after Day 1 and three quarters of Day 2. I was walking off my yardage in the fairway and accidentally kicked my ball. I had to give myself a penalty. Instead of finishing first, I finished third.
What’s the biggest tip you’ve ever received as a caddie?
$500. I definitely didn’t expect it. It just kind of threw me back. I was very thankful.
What’s the smallest tip you’ve ever received as a caddie?
If you could caddie for one person who would that be?
Seve Ballesteros, because he was so creative and hit shots that most people think were crazy.
If you could play in a dream foursome who would be in it?
Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods.
Tiger or Jack?
I think old Tiger was the greatest golfer who ever lived.
As told to Tommy Stokke