Monday, January 04, 2010

One-time Colin Montgomerie caddie dies at 71

The sports of golf and horse racing have lost a highly popular figure in former caddie, Barry Court, who was known affectionately in both spheres as ‘The Judge.’
Barry, who was 71, died at a hospice in Rochester, Kent after suffering from Parkinson’s Disease for the past three years. He was recognised as a shrewd judge of horse flesh and golfing talent – hence the nickname – and enjoyed a successful career tramping the fairways of the world.
He worked for a number of leading professionals including Jim Payne, with whom he won two European Tour titles, Colin Montgomerie, Justin Rose and Jamie Spence.
Spence, Player Relations Director and two-time winner on The European Tour, was a close friend of Barry and commented:
“We both came from Kent and had been friends for many years. Barry was an extremely polite and popular figure among the players and caddies on Tour.
"Everyone enjoyed stopping for a chat with him about golf and horse racing and he was a very knowledgeable character. I dragged him out of retirement to caddie for me a few years ago in Dubai and tried to persuade to come back full-time but he could not resist the lure of the racetracks. He will be sadly missed by everyone in both sports.”



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