UPS-sponsored golfer Lee Westwood was recently awarded the highest honor that the European PGA Tour can bestow, the Honorary Life Membership. The world’s top-rated golfer has been a fixture on the European PGA Tour for the past 18 years and is only the second Englishman to attain the world’s top player ranking; Sir Nick Faldo was the other. During the award ceremony, Lee received a silver membership card and money clip from European PGA Tour Chief Executive George O’Grady.
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South African Louis Oosthuizen has signed on to become UPS’s newest brand ambassador for golf. The man, affectionately nicknamed Shrek by his friends for his uncanny resemblance to the character, will join the world’s top ranked golfer, England’s Lee Westwood, along with Indian born Jeev Milkha Singh to make up the UPS golf ambassadors.
Oosthuizen, who has been on the European tour since 2003, is enjoying his most successful year on tour. He won this year’s 139th Open Championship on Scotland’s hallowed Old Course at Royal Saint Andrews by SEVEN strokes.
The BMW PGA Championship, which begins on May 20, is the flagship tournament of The European Tour and undoubtedly a highlight for UPS golf ambassador Lee Westwood and his caddy, Billy Foster. Despite his busy schedule, Billy was kind enough to answer some questions recently for upside and as you’ll read, professional golfers don’t hold a monopoly on colorful personalities.
I was on fire the first time I went to a driving range, scalding those little white balls far and straight. I couldn’t understand why everyone complained that this sport was so difficult. Guess I was just a natural. The next morning I made my course debut and proceeded to shoot a 75. On the first hole.
Although my golf career ended abruptly, I still enjoy watching the experts ply their trade, especially Lee Westwood, who is one of three golfers representing UPS in tournament play and at customer hospitality and brand promotion events.
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.