Coronavirus: Fundraiser launched for St Andrews caddies

47413798 1586954927496974 R

A new fundraising campaign has been launched to support the St Andrews caddies who have been hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

In line with government guidance, the St Andrews Links courses and facilities closed temporarily on March 24 as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

That has left the loopers who regularly stride the fairways at the 'Home of Golf' without anywhere to work and, in turn, unable to earn money.

As a result, St Andrews Links caddie master Fraser Riddler has taken matters into his own hands, launching a GoFundMe campaign to try to ease the financial burden on the members of his team.

• European Tour will look "radically different"

• Tiger Woods: Inside his $41m mansion

• PGA Tour preparing for return... minus fans!

"With no play possible for the foreseeable future and international travel set to be badly affected for the remainder of the summer season, caddie’s livelihoods are being seriously impacted," explained Riddler. "There is concern for the financial hardship many caddies might face due to the course closures. With this in mind, many have indicated they would like to offer help and support to the caddies during this difficult period."

Caddies are widely regarded as an integral part of the St Andrews experience. There are 210 currently licensed to work at the links, including several female caddies. 

In 2018, there were 33,400 caddie rounds on St Andrews Links courses, accounting for 14% of all rounds played there that year.

• Doug Sanders: Tributes paid to golf great

• Pro predicts post-pandemic golf boom

Riddler added: "Any monies donated will be used to assist caddies who regularly work the fairways of the courses at St Andrews Links and who are in need or face financial hardship and who apply for assistance."

At the time of writing, the page had already raised £2,250 of its £20,000 target.

For more information or to donate, click here.

Share this Article

twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
2022 Driver Test | Which one is going in my bag?
play button
The most powerful PING irons ever? | PING i525 review
play button
I'll be using the Vokey SM9 wedges... and you should too
play button
The driver that has it all? | COBRA LTDx drivers REVIEWED!
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Former world No.1 Lee Westwood loses long-time sponsor
PING Scottish Open series heads to Fraserburgh
Eddie Pepperell trolls Matt Kuchar with US PGA gag
Yes, Dustin Johnson has a 9-WOOD in the bag at the US PGA. Here’s why...
US PGA: Why the stars are struggling with Southern Hills bunkers

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Commit to each swing
play button
Only listen to good advice says Denis Pugh
play button
A two-minute set-up MOT
play button
More shoulder turn means more power
See all videos right arrow