AS THE rain poured down on the Erinvale golf course yesterday, 58-year-old caddie Shaheed Daniels was still smiling through a beard that glistened with droplets.
For a man who once carried the bag of golf legend Bobby Locke in his 50 years as a caddie, a bit of rain was nothing to get too upset about.
For most of yesterday, Daniels stood with several other caddies and professionals waiting to get onto the course for the first round of the Vodacom Business Origins of Golf Tour Erinvale.
The start of this Sunshine Tour event was delayed for several hours because of the bad weather that settled on Cape Town, and the round was finally abandoned early in the afternoon, with the tournament reduced to 36 holes.
But on a day of waterlogged greens and bunkers, nothing could dampen the spirits of Daniels.
"I still love every day of it," Daniels says of his life as a caddie. "But that day when I caddied for Bobby Locke in 1969 when he played a round at Strand Golf Club is still the best.
"I can't explain it. He was wonderful, and it was a great opportunity."
With no bags to carry, the older caddies at Erinvale took the time to swop a few stories over polystyrene cups of coffee. And with Somerset West being the boyhood town of Trevor Immelman, the young Masters champion featured in quite a few of their tales.
"I remember caddying for Trevor Immelman in his last year as an amateur," recalls 48-year-old Kamalie Robertson, who has been caddying since he was 14 and remembers a time when he earned 10c for 18 holes.
"Trevor finished second to Jean Hugo in the Strand Open that year.
"Then, when I saw him win the Masters, man, I was in the clouds." - Sapa