Q-and-A with Dillon Domke, Evans Scholar
July 11, 2012 7:48PM
Updated: August 13, 2012 1:52PM
Domke, a Marian Catholic graduate, caddies out of Olympia Fields Country Club. He will attend Northern Illinois University.
What was your reaction to being named an Evans Scholar?
It really just took the words out of my mouth. It was that big of a deal. It just hit me like a ton of bricks, but it was a great feeling because it’s not something that’s just given away. It was something I had to earn. Success was definitely one of the feelings I had.
Do you enjoy golfing or caddying better?
I like golfing, but I’m a better caddie than I am golfer. I’m one of the top-ranked caddies at Olympia Fields CC, and I’m not at the top of anything in golfing. If I could use the things I tell people when I caddie then I think I could be good, but I really don’t.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve given someone as a caddie?
I’m good at helping people with club selection, especially when people haven’t played the course before. You can make or break whether a guy will shoot an 85 or over 90 just by advising him to the right club.
What’s your most embarrassing moment on the golf course?
During a practice round two years ago, I was walking with two other caddies, who decided to hide my golfer’s club covers in my bag. I thought I lost them at the first tee, so I ran back from the sixth tee to look for them. As I’m walking back out of breath, they let me know they were right in the bag the whole time.
What’s the largest tip you’ve ever received as a caddie?
About $250. It was higher than I thought the highest would be.
What’s the smallest tip you’ve ever received?
I’ve gotten a lot of $30 flat rates.
Tiger or Jack?
Jack Nicklaus, no doubt. I’m not too fond of Tiger Woods. I’d say he’s a scumbag.
If you could caddie for one person who would it be?
Definitely Jim Furyk. He’s my favorite golfer, especially because he won the U.S. Open at Olympia. Last year I was able to get him to sign my caddie bib.
Who’s in your golf dream foursome?
George W. Bush, Jim Furyk and Will Ferrell. I think he would keep the round nice and interesting.
As told to Tommy Stokke