Korn Ferry Tour Caddy Endures Drama-Filled Journey To Tournament

Kip Henley's journey to an event in the Bahamas was dramatic to say the least!

Henley and Singh during the Masters
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We've all heard, or at least experienced, horror travel journeys. Whether it is traffic to the airport, a noisy plane ride, or even the accommodation not being up to the standard you were expecting when you booked it.

There are loads of stories out there but, for Korn Ferry Tour caddie, Kip Henley, the nightmare journey to the event in the Bahamas, a venue which you would normally associate with luxury, ended in a 'wonderful room tour' of hotel accommodation which left a lot to be desired.

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Firstly, before even arriving in the Bahamas, Henley, who is caddying for Chris Gotterup at The Great Exuma Classic, was affected by the FAA system outages which are gripping the USA right now. From there, he then missed a connecting flight to Exuma International Airport.

Because he missed his flight, Henley, who has caddied for the likes of Stewart Cink and Vijay Singh, was forced to fly to Nassau and then get on a second flight to Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Club, venue to the tournament this week.

That's not exactly a great start, so things can only look up, right? Wrong. Once Henley touched down in the Bahamas he headed straight for his hotel. However, upon arrival, it turned out the hotel he booked online was completely sold out. The result? Well that was yet another journey down the road to the nearby hostel.

Henley and Gay talk over a shot

Henley and Brian Gay at the 2011 Crowne Plaza Invitational

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In a short video, we get a lovely room tour from Henley and, although it may not be the nicest interior, it still has working air-con, which the caddie describes as "throwing actual snowballs at me," as well as a working, modern fridge.

Slight downsides to the room include the sheer amount of scratches on the bedside table and headboard, a cabinet which looks like I have built it, missing sections on the wall which we can't work out, and mould on the bath taps and shower.

With the event getting underway on Sunday, both Henley and Gotterup will be looking for a strong showing in the Bahamas and, as we mentioned, the week can't get any worse... Can it?

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x