Jan Squire began learning the caddy trade when she was only 13 at Sunningdale Golf Club, UK. Today, she is teamed up with golf champion and UPS brand ambassador Jeev Milkah Singh as part of UPS’s sponsorship of the European Tour, one of the most prestigious golf tours in the world. Recently, I sat down with Jan – one of only two female caddies working on the European Tour – to learn more about her interesting and unique life on and off the course.
Q. You began your caddy training at an early age. What spawned your interest in the profession? Did you ever want to pursue any other career when you were young?
I wanted to be an architect when I was younger but after doing this for pocket money it just carried on from there and I couldn’t picture doing anything else.
Q. Do you play golf? Is this something you do on vacation or is it too much like you are still working?
Yes on occasion – mostly on holiday, it allows me to be sociable with my friends.
Q. What are your responsibilities as a professional caddy? Is there anything you do that might surprise us?
My responsibilities include organising the golf bag, knowing the course and ensuring my player has the food and beverage they require whilst on course.
Q. What do you like most about your job? What’s the most challenging aspect of your job?
I enjoy the caddy comradely and banter/chat with all the players and other caddies.
The biggest challenge must be the constant travel; although it is exciting, it does become tiring and sometimes very lonely.
Q. You’ve been partnered with Jeev Milkah Singh since April, 2008. What’s it like working with him?
He’s very easy going and always a gentleman.
Q. What kind of guidance or advice do you give Jeev while he’s playing?
We talk about many things including the weather conditions, distance and contours of the course.
Q. As a caddy, you need to be intimately familiar with the various courses where you work. With Jeev playing all over the world, how do you learn the details of so many courses?
We have what is called a “yardage book” for each course which helps us to prepare for a tournament but I always walk the course prior to play in order to familiarise myself with the surroundings.
Q. You’ve worked with several other prominent professional golfers during your career. Please describe some of your more memorable experiences – on or off the links.
There are so many to start thinking about – one of the funniest moments that will always stay with me though was when Mark Roe tried to hit a floating ball in Qatar!
Q. You’re quite unique in that there aren’t many professional women caddies in the world. Is it a profession you would recommend to other women? Why?
Yes. It’s good fun and I would always encourage a woman to fulfil any career choice including one in such a male environment.
Q. What does it mean for you to wear the UPS logo when you’re on the course?
I’m very proud to have UPS as my sponsor and am grateful for their support.
Q. Beyond wearing the logo, describe some of the other things you’ll be doing throughout the year as an ambassador for UPS’s golf program.
I think I am going to have a busy season both on and off the course! I am due to talk at a UPS-sponsored Women’s Leadership Development event later in the year, which I am excited about.
Q. What interests/hobbies do you have away from the golf course?
I am equally passionate about photography and skiing and try to do these different hobbies whenever I can. With my extensive travel commitments, I have managed to create a fantastic photo album!
Q. You travel so much, where is your favourite county and why?
Japan, the people are always so welcoming and friendly.
Q. What do you miss the most when you are away from home?
Tea Bags!!! And the basics like bacon, cheese, onion crisps and of course chocolate!!!
Q. What is your favourite cuisine (Chinese, Indian, French)?
Japanese – the flavours and textures can’t be found anywhere else in the world and it is one of the main reasons I look forward to playing over there.
Q. Is there anything special you always have to pack when you travel?
Sun screen! Being a caddy means spending a lot of time outside. So even if there is cloud cover you need to make sure your skin is well protected at all times.
Q. Who do you think is the best golfer on the European Tour? Your guess as to who will win the Race to Dubai this year?
Apart from Jeev Milkha Singh, Martin Kaymer is currently showing such potential and is quickly becoming one of the greatest golfers on Tour in my opinion.
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