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Ernest 'Creamy' Carolan


Inducted in 2000

Ernest “Creamy” Carolan caddied professionally for more than 40 years and was best known for his work alongside Arnold Palmer for 15 of those years. Palmer won more events with Carolan than any other caddie during his career, including wins at the U.S. Open, British Open and Canadian Open.

Additionally, Carolan had decade-long working relationships with Sam Snead and Bob Gilder, and caddied for legendary players like Ben Hogan, Don January, Ray Floyd, Bobby Nichols and Tony Lema. When asked who he thought was the best of these outstanding players, Carolan without hesitation would answer, “Ben Hogan was by far the best golfer I ever saw, and I saw all the greats. He could hit every conceivable shot...he could do it all...Ben Hogan had all the shots”.

For his work promoting the important role of caddies in the game of golf, Ernest “Creamy” Carolan earned a place in the Caddie Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who support caddying.