Inducted in 2003
James Pernice grew to know every green inch of Oakmont Country Club's famous golf course where he caddied for the game's greatest legends, including Bobby Jones, Sam Snead and Gary Player. A legend in his own right, Pernice was inducted into the Caddie Hall of Fame in 2003 as the oldest living caddie.
Known by most as "JP," he caddied in the first U.S. Open Championship held at the club in 1927. "He has been here for every major championship we've held," said Bob Ford, the club's golf professional. "I think he's caddied for all of them except for one in 1973." Few remain who knew as much about the fabled course as Pernice did. "He's just been part of the culture for 80, 90 years," Ford said. "He's a legend here. Whenever there was a historical question about the course, people would go to JP, because he was the one who knew the answer. “
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.