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Tuesdays with Tom: Stan Andrie delivers hole-in-one, Jeep to caddie
When Andrie reached his final hole of the day, the 165-yard ninth hole, he asked 23-year-old caddy Dave Maxey of Dowagiac for his 6-iron.
“I think you should hit a 5-iron,” Andrie recalled Maxey saying.
“If I get a hole-in-one, do you want a big tip or the car?” Andrie asked him, referring to the prize for an ace on that hole, a brand-new, black Jeep Wrangler 4x4, valued at $26,500.
Laughing, Maxey, a recent Michigan State University graduate, said he would choose the car because he needed a new one badly and had been driving the same car since high school.
No one was laughing a few minutes later. Andrie, playing partner Rich Parker of Ohio and Maxey were celebrating after Andrie launched his 5-iron just left of the pin, where it bounced to the right and then rolled into the cup.
“Dave, you’ve got yourself a car,” Andrie recalled telling his stunned caddy. “The look on his face was priceless.”
“I don’t think he originally thought I was going to actually give it to him,” said Andrie, who has three college-age daughters of his own. “But I stuck to my word. I was happy to do it. He’s a great kid.”