UT Tyler golf coach will caddy at US Open

UT Tyler golf coach will caddy at US Open

Leading a championship program, UT Tyler men's golf coach Craig McConnell has experience giving advice.

McConnell believes a coach and caddy, can be one and the same.

"It's very similar," said McConnell.  "When we have our tournaments for UT Tyler, I'll caddy for one of our guys for the whole day, or I'll sit a on a hole, a difficult hole and caddy the guys as they come through."

Next Thursday, the stakes will be higher than any college championship. McConnell will be on the bag for friend and pro golfer Anthony Broussard. The Beaumont native, qualified for the US Open, in the Houston sectional.

"We actually had to go to playoff," said McConnell.  "He (Broussard) birdied the second playoff hole. It was pretty awesome. We we're excited and had a fun ride back to Dallas."

Having returned to Tyler, McConnell is set to rejoin Broussard this weekend in North Carolina.   A summer trip, he never expected.

"It will be a great experience," said McConnell.  " I've always enjoyed working with Anthony because he's one of the best in the world.  There will be a lot of other guys there that are great golfers, so I'm sure I can pick up a few things on how they prepare, maybe practice rounds, how they navigate the golf course. I'm sure it will be a great learning experience, but Anthony's a great player and he'll compete and we thing he has a good shot."

But there's no easy shot, in the US Open.  The most difficult test in golf.

"I haven't really visualized being there with all the big crowds," said McConnell.  "But we'll just do what we've always done. Stay in the process and take it one shot at a time."

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