PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOTV) It was a proud day for dads as their daughters competed in the final round of the Meijer LPGA Classic on Father’s Day.
Dads who brought their kids out to the tournament got in free at Blythefield Country Club north of Grand Rapids, so there were plenty of families in the gallery watching the great shot-making.
Many of the fathers in attendance were those of the LPGA players. Dave Henderson’s daughter, Brittany, caddied for his other daughter, Brooke. 18-year-old Brooke Henderson is ranked No. 2 in the world.
“It’s a great day any day you’re playing golf, but let alone Father’s Day, and particularly as well as Brooke’s been playing lately, we’re having a ball out there,” Dave Henderson said.
But perhaps no one attending the tournament had a better Father’s Day than Donnie Green, who caddied for his daughter, Jaye Marie Green.
“The emotions are running so high because she called me, wanted me to be here on Father’s Day,” Donnie Green said.
He jumped at the chance and his daughter did her part to make it an excellent day. She shot a 65 in Sunday’s final round — the best score of the round.
“He was crying out on the 18th fairway…” she said. “He was just like, ‘This is the best Father’s Day I could ever have,’ and so I’m really glad that I could put together a good round for him.”
Donnie Green used to caddie full-time for his daughter, carrying her bag for 10 years. Of all the rounds they’ve walked together, Sunday’s stood out.
“It was just a high, special day for her to perform like this, and knowing it’s Father’s Day and she’s going to do it is even more remarkable,” an emotional Donnie Green said. “You just can’t imagine how much we’re blessed today.”