Ekurhuleni - She was preparing her second Sunshine Ladies Tour start at the
East Course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington in nine days, but when Carrie
Park received an SOS from fellow GFG Academy stable-mate JC Ritchie on Saturday
morning, the reigning Sanlam SA Women’s Amateur champion rushed to Glendower
Decked out in a
caddie bib, she was ready to bag-duty for Ritchie in the third round of the BMW
caddie Meschack called him in a panic this morning," Park explained.
"The storm on
Friday caused severe damage to Meschack’s house and he has to sort things out,
so that left JC scrambling for someone to take the bag.
"We are great
mates and I didn’t think twice about coming to help out. We both attended South
Downs College in Centurion. We played for the team together and we have both
been at the GFG Academy for a long time, so we have a long history.
competing on the IGT Tour last year to prepare for my Sunshine Ladies Tour
debut and JC immediately took me under his wing. He has always been so generous
with his advice and guidance that when he called, I just told him not to
worry…I’m on my way."
The petite South
Korean, who held the number one spot in the South African women’s amateur
rankings in 2014, impressed with a third place finish in her pro debut the
South African Women’s Open in early December.
excited to start the Ladies Joburg Open and get the Chase to the Investec Cup
for Ladies underway," Park said.
"I think caddying for JC in the BMW SA Open
can only help me.
"It will be
interesting to look at play from a caddies’ perspective and to watch the pros
and see how they execute shots around this very tough layout."
with a 72, but had to complete his second round this morning after play was
called off due to lightning storms over the Ekurhuleni area.
"JC shot another
round of 72, so we are going all out to break par this afternoon," said Park.