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U.S. Senior Open: OC golf coach David Lynn gets late call to caddie

by Scott Wright Published: July 11, 2014

Oklahoma Christian men’s golf coach David Lynn enjoyed his experience as a caddie at the U.S. Senior Open for 36 holes — well, 35 holes — at Oak Tree National.

Carrying the bag for Fred Hanover, an alternate who got a spot in the field on Thursday when Jay Haas pulled out, Lynn handed the bag to Hanover’s son, Jackson, for the 18th hole on Friday.

Jackson’s 14th birthday was Thursday.

Hanover, from San Marcos, Calif., was one of the top alternates after losing a playoff for a qualifying spot.

In addition to playing on minor tours, Hanover spent more than a decade as a college coach at Cal-San Marcos. That’s how he met Lynn, and the two became friends, each taking their teams to play in the other’s tournament each year.

When Hanover found out he was one of the top alternates for the Senior Open, he contacted Lynn to be his caddie.

But no call came on Tuesday or Wednesday. So by Thursday afternoon, Lynn had given up on getting his shot. He was across the street at Oak Tree Country Club, working with one of his OC players on the driving range.

“At 2:25, Fred sent me a text message that he was in and he was teeing off in 30 minutes with Scott Verplank and Jeff Sluman,” Lynn said. “I thought he was joking at first, but I went into full panic mode trying to get over here.”

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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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