A CARNOUSTIE man has been recognised as the best caddiemaster in Scotland after receiving a prestigious award.
Martin Roy, caddiemaster at Carnoustie was awarded the title of ‘caddiemaster of the year 2011’, at the Golf Tourism Scotland’s Gold Standard Awards ceremony at the Fairmont St Andrews on Thursday.
He said: “It’s a very prestigious award to be given, and I am very happy to receive it. I’m not a particularly competitive person, but I’d much rather win it than not.
“I knew I’d been nominated, but I didn’t know I had won. There were over 500 people at this event, and they read out the nominations and then read out my name as the winner.”
Martin is no stranger to awards ceremonies, and has won the coveted caddiemaster of the year title eight times, as well as being inducted into the caddy hall of fame.
He said: “In 2002 I was inducted into the caddy hall of fame in St Augustine in Florida. That was a very, very prestigious award too.”
The golfers’ hall of fame is also at St Augustine, although the two institutions are entirely separate, both are extremely well respected in the golfing world.
Martin fell into caddying by chance, in 1967 he became a bag carrier at Carnoustie in unusual circumstances.
He explained: “I was just a young lad at the time, a guy in a car stopped and asked me if I wanted a job caddying for him.
“It turned out he was Chick Checkley who was night editor at the Courier, and that’s how it started.”
Laughing, Martin added: “It wouldn’t happen today, parents would be a bit worried if a man in a car offered their child a job!”
At his peak Martin boasted an handicap of eight, although he admits those days are long gone. He said: “I don’t play anymore, I gave up about six years ago. I was never any good anyway!”
Martin is looking forward to continuing the good work, and hopefully there will be many more awards to come.
He said: “I see this as an award I’ve been given during the course of my career, I’ll be at Carnoustie for the foreseeable future!”