A summer job caddying leads to a free education for Fairfield twins
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Fairfield High School senior twins Erin and Eva Pierce started caddying at Maketewah Country Club when they were fourteen years old
Four years later the twins are taking away life lessons they never saw coming, and a full ride to Miami University through the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship Program.
Growing up in a single parent household wasn't always been easy for Eva and Erin. There were times when things were tough, including the loss of their older brother.
Sharon Pierce didn't let herself or her three daughters off the hook. They persevered, and spending weekends at the golf course may have turned out to be part of the healing process, even more for her as a mother than her twin daughters.
"I knew that it would build character in Erin and Eva, and let them find out what they can do. It was a challenge, it was a different environment, they had to adjust," Sharon said.
"My stature when I was going into ninth grade was very small. I hadn't had my growth spurt yet, so at first, bags were very intimidating to carry but I had a lot of determination to be very good at my job so i really put forth a lot of effort and i just carried on," Erin said.
"I was just coming for a summer job, to have some leadership skills and have something to say for a resume when I turned sixteen so I could get an actual job, and I've just been sticking it out here ever since," Eva added.
Four years later, the twins, who also played varsity, are two of the most respected caddies at the club.
"They're reliable and dependable. They show up all the time, and they're prompt and they hustle. They show a lot of energy. They keep up with the golfer, they're ahead of you, they find the ball for you, they help move the pace of play along and they have great attitudes," said 26-year Maketewah member, Dave Lockard.
And while they could easily offer tips on how the course plays, it's often their unwavering support that sets them apart.
"When one of our members got a hole-in-one on nine. I just kind of thought, you know, that's what's supposed to happen. So he comes up to the hole and I said your ball is in the hole and he starts freaking out and I didn't have any emotion. I was like that's whats supposed to happen. That's what you're supposed to do," Eva said laughing.
And they choose to focus on the light, even with the predawn call times.
"We have our little caddie shack and you can see the sunrise coming up, and that's really nice to see in the morning. I like that," said Erin with a smile.