George, Spokane, WA
Subj: Having a ball
Where does the term "Caddy" come from?
The word has been attributed to Mary I, a colorful Scottish monarch who lived from 1542 until 1587. Although Mary was born in Scotland she was raised in France where the resident royals attempted to make her feel more at home by creating a lavish golf course for her personal amusement. Naturally a queen can’t be expected to carry her own clubs, so she was assigned French military cadets to perform the task for her. Mary liked the idea so much that she brought it back to her ancestral homeland where the name eventually morphed from “cadet” to “caddy.” The rest, as they say, is history.