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Caddie Hall of Fame

James Pernice

 

Inducted in 2003


Few caddies have ever known a golf course better than James Pernice knew famed Oakmont Country Club near Pittsburgh, PA, where he worked for more than 80 years and was eventually named an honorary member.

Pernice began caddying at Oakmont at age nine. Pernice quickly became an icon at the club and an invaluable asset to golfers for his knowledge about the course's famed traps, such as the Church Pews, and proud history. He is believed to have caddied more than 25,000 loops at Oakmont, and worked the first six U.S. Open championships at Oakmont, beginning in 1927. The list of players Pernice caddied for includes Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. In 2005, he was awarded an honorary membership at Oakmont. He died in 2007 at age 95.

For his work promoting the important role of caddies in the game of golf, James Pernice earned a place in the Caddie Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who support caddying.