Caddie raising money for the family of a late Kentucky sports star, photos from Portrush and more

J.T. Poston, Aaron Flener
For every birdie J.T. Poston (right) made at the John Deere Classic and makes at the Barbasol Championship, he and caddie Aaron Flener (left) will each be donating money to support the family of a Kentucky sports legend. Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

On July 3, an incredibly popular sports figure in Kentucky passed at the age of 38.

Jared Lorenzen, a former quarterback for the Kentucky Wildcats (he set school records in total offense, passing yards and passing touchdowns) who had a brief stint as a back up for the New York Giants (earning a Super Bowl ring in 2008) died from an acute infection, complicated by heart and kidney problems.

Lorenzen was unusually large for a quarterback — nearly 300 lbs. — but it never held him back and he was affectionately known as the ‘Hefty Lefty’ and ‘Pillsbury Throwboy.’

His weight struggles over the years were well documented, but he had fans everywhere.

On July 8, Kentucky sports personality Matt Jones sent out the following tweet:

So, you’re asking, what on earth does that have to do with golf and particularly caddies?

We’ll tell you.

Aaron Flener, caddie for J.T. Poston, quickly stepped up with an incredible gesture after seeing the Matt Jones tweet:

Poston saw his caddie’s tweet and he stepped up to the plate, too:

At the John Deere Classic, Poston unfortunately missed the cut. He made seven birdies. So, in week 1 of this two-week raising effort by Flener and Poston, $154 (each) has gone to the cause.

Flener told The Caddie Network on Monday that PGA Tour employee Mattie Lou Chandler, as well as his friends — Ryan and Rachel Atwell from Louisville — also matched the $22 per birdie.

“Additionally,” Flener said, “Korn Ferry Tour player Harry Higgs agreed to donate $22 per birdie that he made last week and this coming week. Lucky for us Harry made 23 birdies and finished 3rd!! So that’s $506 from Harry.”

A grand total of $1,122 was raised last week.

Very, very cool.

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One of our favorite items to share this week came courtesy of Steve Lohmeyer, caddie for Matthew Wolff. As you know, Wolff won in just his third start as a professional last Sunday at the 3M Open. It was Lohmeyer’s first week on the bag for Wolff. He sent in this video to TCN, explaining just how meaningful the victory was for him…

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You can always count on Geno Bonnalie — caddie for Joel Dahmen — for a laugh. He offered up a pro-level travel tip:

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Last Wednesday, Fox Sports golf personality Shane Bacon — a heck of a player — set out to qualify for the 2019 U.S. Amateur.

And he did so with a recent PGA Tour winner on the bag. Bacon’s buddy Max Homa — winner of the Wells Fargo Championship in May — was there to take the stroll and help his guy out.

Homa was scheduled to caddie for Bacon in a U.S. Open qualifier in May, but his schedule got a little hectic after the Quail Hollow win. So, on July 1, Bacon confirmed Homa would be on the bag for the U.S. Am bid:

And the tweets that followed were great…

On the eve of the qualifier, Bacon posted this beauty:

Of course, Homa had a reply:

So how did they make out? Admirably, but not enough to move on…

Homa caddied for just the first round and Bacon took a pushcart for the second round. But, it appears, Homa got a new appreciation for caddying. Check out this fantastic thread:

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Finally, all eyes turn to Northern Ireland this week for the season’s final major — The Open — at Royal Portrush.

Pete Persolja (aka, Crunchy Pete), caddie for Keith Mitchell, made the trip out early to get acclimated to links golf and sent us this sweet shot from his round at Old Head:

Matt Minister, looper for Patrick Cantlay, got his first look at Royal Portrush on Sunday and sent this along:

Earlier in the week, longtime caddie Basile Dalberto, showed off the special commemorative yardage book cover caddies receive at Open Championships. On the front — the Open logo and venue name. On the back — the list of Open champions from that venue:

For what it’s worth, if this sweet memento is going to again be provided to caddies this week, the back will feature just one name: Max Faulkner from England. He won the only Open previously played at Portrush back in 1951.

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