Dream job carrying Bob’s bag


A golf-mad Queenstown schoolboy has bagged a dream job – caddying for Sir Bob Charles at one of his last competitive outings. 

Wakatipu High pupil Joel Pollock, 14, will accompany the Kiwi legend during the Club Car Legends Pro Am at Kelvin Heights next Tuesday. 

Charles, 73, announced last month that he’s retiring from all competitive golf in July after a dazzling 50-year-plus career. 

And Lake Hayes Estate youngster Joel is stoked at being picked to carry his clubs at the Queenstown course, where he’s a member of the junior team. 

“As this is going to be one of Sir Bob’s last tournaments and one of his last competitive rounds, it’ll be one that I’ll never forget,” Joel says. “He is one of my absolute heroes.” 

The teenager was handed the prestigious task as a reward for being recently named Queenstown Golf Club’s junior up-and-coming player of the year. 

Joel got some caddy practice in when shouldering the bag for Aussie star – and 2004 NZ Open winner – Terry Price during the country’s premier tournament at The Hills near Arrowtown last month. 

Price failed to make the cut and went out after the second day – but Joel kept himself busy washing dishes in the kitchen at The Hills clubhouse for the rest of the competition. 

And he insists when he leaves school he wants a career that’ll afford him plenty of free time to play golf.
Joel adds: “I’d like to be a builder or a firefighter so I can get out on the course as often as I can.”