PGA roadies at the RBC Heritage | News
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC)- The excitement on Hilton Head Island is well underway as the 44th annual RBC Heritage Golf Tournament. And while the golfers and spectators are just getting settled in, some folks silently sneaked away.
WTOC caught up with some of the vendors and caddies who travel all over the country with the PGA Tour. It's an exhausting annual schedule but one they say produces memories and camaraderie like no other.
WTOC asked about some of those memories and while one of them said the stories told at the bar, stay at the bar, we were still able to catch a glimpse of what it's like to be the golf worlds version of a rock star roadie.
They stay pretty busy while they're here, fitting golf clubs and providing players like Rich Beem with whatever they might need. They fly in on Sunday, get everything ready Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and then head back out again on Thursdays. But their job isn't over, it's just beginning for another tournament in another city. But, the RBC Heritage, they say, is one of their favorites.
"I love Hilton Head, it's great. Everything's a few miles drive or a bike ride, or even a walk, if you need to walk," says Mark Berry from Adams Golf
"There was one road in and one road out and that's how far back I go with Hilton Head. I just fell in love with this island the first time I stepped foot on it," says Steve Hulka, caddie for Rich Bee,
Hulka says he has been to almost every Heritage since 1973, his rookie year as a caddie, and even spent his 21st birthday right here on the island.
The vendors say they travel anywhere between 35 and 40 weeks per year.
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