Two student golfers from Easton caddied for a group that included Tiger Woods at last week’s Deutsche Bank Championship in Norwood.
Bobby O’Donnell III, a 2012 graduate of Oliver Ames High and Captain on the golf team, and Nick Carter, a senior captain on the team this year, thanks to the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund.
The group also included New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Deutsche Bank Co-CEO Anshu Jain, Javier Merien Romano, the CEO of Banco Santander of Spain, and John F. Lundgren, the CEO of Stanley Black and Decker.
O’Donnell, who has missed only one year of caddying at the championship since his freshman year of high school, said he and Carter “lucked out” by being put in the group. He caddied for Romano and Carter caddied for Bloomberg, but Woods interacted with all the caddies in the group and was much more personable than either expected.
“I never have been a big Tiger Woods fan. I was obviously thrilled; you can’t deny his talent no matter what you think of his personality,” said O’Donnell, explaining that he expected less interaction with Woods than with other golfers with lower profiles.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been more wrong about a person,” continued O’Donnell, who is now a sophomore biology major at Saint Anselm College. He’s not on the golf team there because it’s too much with his studies. “He was very nice. He talked to us about school and golf. He wasn’t required to talk to us.”
Carter agreed, saying “I was really impressed. [Woods] was really great to fans, really nice to all of us. If you asked him something, he’d have a conversation with you. He’s a really nice gye; there were a lot of stereotypes that i didn’t find to be true.”Carter said he also enjoyed caddying for Bloomberg, whom he said was also personable and funny. “I enjoyed just helping him out with his puts and club selection and where to hit the ball to the green. It was just a really, really fun time.”