Always the caddie, never the player
My last name, Urbanek, is not very common so I took notice some years ago when I discovered that a Mark Urbanek served as a caddie for Korean-born golfer Charlie Wi.
In a sense, I serve as a “caddie” for my Korean lady friend, a retired widow of a Vietnam War hero. I met her about eight years ago. I sometimes drive her on errands, do research for her on the internet, and help her judge the “breaks” on the contours of life. She used to play golf but not professionally.
Wi has retired. Mark Urbanek now caddies for another native Korean, James Hahn, who won the Wells Fargo Championship on May 15, 2016. I took Urbanek’s role in the victory as a sign that I will continue to “caddie” for my Korean lady friend.
The synchronicity may have a larger meaning. Despite a long history of making incredible observations and discoveries, I have failed to attain fame and fortune. Perhaps I am destined to always be the caddie, not the player. I will never be in the spotlight but always remain in the shadows, offering advice and commentary.
Image Mark Urbanek, Association of Professional Tour Caddies, fair use