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Highland Park Golf Course member Walter "Apples" Skomsky recalls the days when he earned 30 cents to caddy nine holes.

April 17, 1994

SENNETT — Remember golf caddies?

Walt "Apples" Skomsky does because he was a caddy at Highland Park Golf Course between 1933 and 1941. 

Skomsky, who has been a Highland member for 55 y ears, stood outside the clubhouse yesterday afternoon as the sun was playing hide-and-seek with some ominous black clouds.

"I can remember my caddy days as if they were only yesterday," said the 72-year-old Auburn native as he looked with affection across the fairway.

Caddies, of course, were akin to bowling pin boys. Both have been replaced by automation.

Today, golfers tour a course in an electric cart. Such carts rent for a modest $20 at Highland.

"That's where the pro shop profit comes from," said the former caddy.

But back before World War II, high school kids like Skomsky toted members' golf bags for 30 cents for nine holes.

"On a good day we could do a pair of 18-hole jobs," recalled Skomsky. "The old club only was nine holds So we walked for about 14 miles and made $1.20 plus tips. And tips averaged about 10 or 15 cents."

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— Compiled by David Wilcox

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