June 4, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Head Women's Golf Coach Katie Brophy has played many golf courses in the Washington Metropolitan area during her playing and coaching career. That knowledge, and a long-time friendship, helped her this past weekend.
Brophy spent the weekend at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm Course in Potomac, Md. serving as a caddie for Andres Gonzales at the web.com Tour Mid-Atlantic Championship.
"It was a great experience for me personally," Brophy said. "I've caddied for my sister (Annie, a former touring professional on the LPGA Symetra Tour), but never for a PGA Tour player so that was very exciting. Like many courses in the area, TPC offers a variety of difficult lies and fast greens. Seeing the course previously was helpful when he asked which way I thought certain putts would break."
A native of Spokane, Wash., Brophy knew Gonzales, a native of Olympia, Wash., from the junior golf circuit. When the web.com Tour stop was announced to be played at TPC Potomac, Gonzales called his old friend for the chance to catch up, and to help with course management.
"I've known her since I was about 15," Gonzales said. "My regular caddie had a wedding to go to so I called her to see if she was available. It was nice having Katie out there. We had a good group and it was just a lot of fun."
Gonzales ended up finishing in a tie for 21st place overall, shooting a 3-over par 283.
While serving as a caddie for a long-time friend, Brophy did say that she could feel the pressure of filling the role during a PGA Tour event.
"It was a different situation for me than a full-time caddie, obviously," Brophy said, "but when you're out on the course, you want to win and do as well as you can so I wanted to help Andres out as much as I could. The experience of being out there was really incredible."
Brophy helped lead a young Georgetown team to four top-10 finishes during the 2012-13 season.