Though he was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia, home of fabled Augusta National and The Masters, as a child Tripp Bowden was too young and too removed from the game of golf to realize what Augusta National really was, what it meant to his town and the world and the sport; its history, nostalgia, prestige and secrecy. All the ten year old Bowden knew about golf was that it was a stupid game that took up too much of his father’s time, and that he’d much rather kick around a soccer ball or stay home and read a book. But all that changed once Bowden’s father, a renowned local doctor, introduced him to one of his patients, Freddie Bennett, the legendary Augusta National caddie master.
Though Bowden was a white child of considerable privilege and Bennett was an older black gentleman of more modest means, the two formed an unusual bond. It was Bennett who introduced Bowden to the game of golf, a sport that would one day earn him a Division 1 golf scholarship and lead him to the final stage of a British Open qualifier. But it was the lessons Bennett taught the young Bowden off the course that had their profoundest impact on his life. Through Freddie and his particular brand of homespun wisdom, the author learned invaluable lessons about personal responsibility, hard work, and respect for others regardless of age, race or religion. He also learned that there’s much more to life than just playing golf.
Like the bestsellers Tuesdays With Morrie and Seasons of Life before it, Freddie & Me is a heartwarming tale of two unlikely friends and their uncommon bond forged through sport.
Tripp Bowden is a former Augusta National caddy, the first full-time white caddy in the history of the elite private club. He’ s also a former collegiate golfer and alum of Augusta University and a former copywriter, first with McCann Erickson New York and later with his own company, Creative Wizards. Tripp is the author of the New York Times-praised Freddie & Me: Life Lessons from Freddie Bennett, Augusta National’ s Legendary Caddy Master, and All the Memorable Rounds: Golf Adventures and Misadventures from Augusta National to Cypress Point and Beyond. A frequent speaker at prominent golf clubs and sports venues across America and beyond, Tripp lives with his wife Fletch and children Arrie B. and Holly Mac in Augusta, Georgia.