Gerry W. Barousse
Inducted in 2006
To say Gerry Barousse was successful as a caddie-coach for legendary blind golfer Pat W. Browne is an understatement. Over 21 years they won 65 tournaments, including 20 consecutive United States National Blind Golf Championships from 1978 through 1997. They also won 18 Ken Venturi Guiding Eyes Classic titles, eight Los Angeles Braille Institute Championships and 15 Heather Farr Invitational Tournaments.
One of their most memorable experiences was in the early nineties when they played a match with Payne Stewart in Orlando. Stewart blindfolded himself for nine holes and shot a 62 while the Browne-Barousse team carded an impressive 42. Barousse was recognized by many for being extremely patient and loyal to Browne, who has said many times that he has no doubt that Barousse is the best blind golfer's caddie-coach.
For his work promoting the important role of caddies who work with golfers with disabilities and for his contributions in making the game more inclusive, Gerry Barousse earned a place in the Caddie Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who support caddying.