Tributes to ‘golf-mad’ caddy Dave who was once asked to go full-time by legend Gary Player

A family has paid tribute to their golf fanatic dad who even caddied for Gary Player.

Dave Morrison, 81, of Whitfield, picked up golf in his early 20s and it became his life.

Although Dave was a production clerk at NCR for 39 years, he managed to squeeze in as much golf as he could.

Daughter Wendy Rutherford, 53, a self-employed florist, told the Tele: “Dad was golf mad — everything was golf.

Dave Morrison

“He was a member of Carnoustie, Monifieth and Downfield where he would often play golf with his brothers Jimmy and Duncan.

“He even got to caddy for Gary Player at The Open, which is incredible considering Player already had a full-time caddy.

“You just don’t expect a normal Dundee man to be caddying for one of the world’s biggest golfers, especially at The Open.

“Gary Player also asked my dad to go full-time with him on the senior tour. My dad declined as he did not want to leave my mum — I think that is true love.”

Not only did Dave get the honour of caddying for Player, he also caddied for other South African players Dennis Watson and Hugh Baiocchi.

Dave also became great friends with Nick Price, who sent Christmas cards to the caddy each year.

Dave, right, caddying for South African golfer Gary Player.

Wendy said: “Nick even invited Dad for a round at Lake Nona in Florida when the family were visiting which he declined saying ‘I better not Nick, I play too much at home and my wife would kill me’.”

Wendy also talked of how Dave made his own yardage books that he would give to the players in exchange for golf gifts.

She said: “Dad would walk the course himself before a
tournament and create his own yardage books which were incredibly precise.

“They had every new sprinkler in place. My dad would give them to mostly the South African players but he would never take money for them.

“He would only take golf gifts such as hats, golf balls and gloves. Golf commentator Peter Alliss even used my dad’s yardage books in the commentary box as he found them so accurate.”

Dave met his wife Marlene, 77, when she was just 16.

They were engaged a year later and married in 1959.

They had two children together, Wendy and Mark, and later Dave became a doting granddad to Wendy’s sons Dale and Paul.

Wendy said: “Dad was the most funny, generous and kind person I have ever met. He had such a great heart.”

Dave’s funeral will take place on Monday November 13 at 2.45pm at Dundee Crematorium.

The family would like to extend an invite to all his old friends and golfing buddies from over the years.

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