Boyns Shines Equally As Caddie, Player

There are numerous reasons why you should try to hire Casey Boyns to cad¬die for you in your next round at Pebble Beach. Here are just a few:
First, he has walked the course thou¬sands of times. He knows every blade of grass, every whisper of wind, every bump and bounce out there. He will help you score lower than you would otherwise.
Secondly, he is great company. You’ll listen more than you talk, but you’ll enjoy his company, immensely.
Finally, it will likely be the only time in your life that a golf hall of famer caddies for you.
That’s right. Casey Boyns, a 31-year caddie at the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links, is a member of the California Golf Hall of Fame. And not for his looping prowess, but for what he has done with the sticks in his own hands.
Boyns is a native of the Monterey Pen¬insula who grew up playing Pacific Grove, the muni course near Pebble Beach. He played golf at the University of Utah after a junior college stint and spent 14 months as a club pro, long enough to realize he was not going to play a lot of golf on that career path. And so he began looping in October, 1981, and has done so ever since, “to support my golf habit” as he says. He would work in the morning and play golf in the afternoon. Every man’s dream.
Over time, he became an outstand¬ing player. Boyns is a two-time California State Amateur champion, winning in 1989 and 1993 at, where else, Pebble Beach. He is a veteran on the Northern California amateur scene, playing all of the Northern California Golf Association events over the years and taking home more than his share of trophies – 15 by his count. He also started an annual holiday season tournament that grew so big he handed it off to a regional golf organization to run.
Boyns, twice reinstated to amateur sta¬tus, had a memorable 2012 at the highest level of American amateur golf. He made his 11th and 12th USGA appearances when he qualified for the U.S. Mid-Amateur as well as the Senior Amateur. Having never won a match in his USGA history (zero for three before this year), Boyns went deep at the Mid-Amateur in Chicago in Septem¬ber, advancing to the quarterfinals before losing to Todd White. He advanced to match play at the Senior Amateur, but lost his first match to Steven Ford.
As you might imagine, Boyns has a million stories from his days at the office that is Pebble Beach. One of his favorites involved Bandon Dunes visionary Mike Keiser. Keiser and his partner, Phil Fried¬mann, were visiting Pebble several years ago and drew Boyns as their looper. After a morning round on Pebble Beach, Keiser and Friedmann challenged Boyns to an afternoon match … their best ball against Boyns. The problem was that Boyns didn’t want to pay the full greens fee, and he didn’t want to pass up an afternoon loop. So Keiser and Friedmann paid his greens fee plus his regular caddie fee. Boyns returned the favor by shooting 74 at Span-ish Bay and winning the showdown, while carrying both his small bag and the bags of his challengers.
Keiser happened to mention to Boyns that he was considering buying some land in southern Oregon to open a golf course, and wondered if Casey was interested in working there. Casey passed, but things turned out all right for both parties.
Here’s another tale, personally veri¬fied: I first met Boyns many years ago when he landed on my bag for a round at Pebble. I foolishly disagreed with his read on a 40-foot putt on No. 15, and proceeded to four-putt. He gave me a look that said “you idiot,” so I challenged him: let’s see what you can do, Mister California State Am champ. He promptly took my putter, gave it a waggle, glanced at the line, and drained the putt.
Everyone at Pebble knows Boyns, but few know him as well as Paul Spengler, Executive Vice President at Pebble Beach. “I don’t have enough adjectives to describe Casey Boyns as a friend, champion golfer and a caddie here for over 30 years,” he said. “Competitive, gentleman, depend-able, humble are just a few. If he’s on your bag and you don’t know his background as a player you won’t hear it from him. Casey doesn’t want his customers to be more nervous than they already are playing Pebble Beach Golf Links.”
Boyns played at the Stocker Cup this week, the top-flight amateur event that honors the late Pete Stocker. It has become the premiere West Coast mid-amateur event. And it’s one of the very few titles in Northern California that has eluded him. This year was no exception. He missed the 54-hole cut, finishing an otherwise great competitive year on a down note.
At 56, Boyns has cut down on his loops, walking only 200 times a year, down from 250. He has a clientele, a group of Pebble regulars who book him every year at the same time they book their Monterey pen¬insula trip. So if you want the full Casey Boyns experience at Pebble, its best to reach out well in advance of your visit. You won’t regret it.
Just don’t disagree with him when he tells you where to putt it

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