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PGA Tour caddies finalizing plans for association
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Wednesday, November 06, 2013 | 8:52 a.m.
A report filed by GolfChannel.com's Rex Hoggard on Wednesday morning, stated that PGA Tour caddies are finalizing a plan for an association.
A group of PGA Tour caddies met with lawyers on Tuesday at Sea Island (Ga.) Resort to finalize plans for the creation of the Association of Professional Tour Caddies (APTC).
A seven-member board was elected last month to represent the APTC, including president James Edmondson, who caddies for Ryan Palmer; vice president Lance Bennett (Matt Kuchar); treasurer Jimmy Johnston (Steve Stricker) and Joe LaCava (Tiger Woods).
"We can't be a union because we aren't employed by the Tour," Edmondson told GolfChannel.com. "We feel like we are going to have one voice. I reached out to everybody and received an overwhelming response."
Hoggard reported that Edmondson says more than 100 Tour caddies have joined the organization and the group hopes to create health insurance and retirement plans for its members.
Members will pay dues to join the APTC and Edmondson plans to meet with the Tour in the hope of drawing financial support from Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
There are also plans for APTC to create associate programs for Web.com Tour and Champions Tour caddies, and caddies from the European Tour and the PGA Tour of Australasia will also sit on the board.
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