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MBABANE – Caddies have been hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak as they are earning nothing after golf tournaments were postponed.

In golf, a caddie (or caddy) is the person who carries a player’s bag and clubs, and gives insightful advice and moral support. There are over 200 caddies around the country, earning a living by working in the about five golf clubs in the country.

The caddies normally earn between E1 600 and E2 000 per month depending on how many tournaments were held in that month. For the local tournaments they are paid around E200 per day and E100 for a training.

The caddies make it big during the Sunshine Tour tournaments played annually at Royal Swazi Golf Spa, where they earn up to E350 per day (per round) for a minimum three days. Since early March all that is gone for the caddies with no hope soon.
Majority of the caddies in the country serves amateurs as there are few professional players and they also play a crucial role during tournaments including the King’s Cup Golf.

Meanwhile, in South Africa, caddies will receive some financial relief. According to the sunshine tour, they have considered their professional caddies during the lockdown period and it was agreed to provide them with some financial relief.

One of the caddies based at the Mbabane Club, who preferred to speak on condition of anonymity, confirmed yesterday things were getting tough for them as they were struggling to make ends meet each day under the lockdown.

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