THREE years ago, a serious car crash left Steve Compton with a collapsed lung and five broken ribs. He was unsure when, or if at
all, he’d be able to return to his caddiemaster
post at Philmont Country Club.
Days later, Philmont members visited
Compton, who is now in his 41st season at
the club, bedside with a get-well-soon token.
That gift, an estimated $20,000 in recovery
money, served more than just relieving monetary support. It was an eye-opening moment
for the man who had spent two thirds of his
life at the club.
“As a caddiemaster, I didn’t know exactly
how these members liked or appreciated
me. It was incredible to see the club come
together and collect all that money just so
that my injuries, and my car, would be OK,”
said Compton, 64, of Bensalem, Pa. “When I
was laying in the hospital bed, and I started
getting visitors, it hit me. I started filling up
with tears just lying there and thinking about
all the support I was getting from Philmont
and the members. That’s when I really knew
how everyone felt about me.”
Upon his recovery, Compton returned to
Philmont – the place he calls home.
“[Steve] has been the eyes, ears, guardian,
resident, caddiemaster and all-around jack
of all trades at Philmont,” said Glenn Meyer,
a GAP Executive Committee Member and
Philmont member. “He could likely write a
best-selling book of short stories about the
goings on here, some of which might not be
fit to print.”
Compton’s timeline at Philmont began 41
years ago when he arrived as a caddie after
a stint at Torresdale (now the Union League
at Torresdale). He would show up at 6 a.m. in
hopes of getting a loop, and started helping
out around the bag room to fill the time.
Getting on the bag consistently meant more
and more time on the Huntingdon Valley, Pa.
He eventually saved up enough to open a
delicatessen and catering business – one that
would keep its doors open for 10 years – but
caddying never left the picture.
“I would open up the deli, come over to
the club to get my rounds in, take a shower
and then close up the shop. It was a tough
business, and once the novelty wore off, it got
to be a lot,” said Compton. “I never gave up
my loops, though.”
After the deli was sold, and Compton was
on the lookout for a new adventure, a random
phone call from Philmont came through his line.
“The club called me one weekend asking
if I would like to take over the caddiemaster
position. I asked them if I could take some
time to think about it,” he recalled. “A few
hours later, they called me back and said they
needed an answer on the spot. I decided to
say yes, and the rest is history.”
Nowadays, Compton continues to oversee
Philmont’s caddie program, as well as assist in
the pro shop. He knows his days at Philmont
are nearing an end, but Compton intends to
stay on the job until the day of his retirement.
“This place has become my home. I’ve
spent most of my life here,” said Compton.
“This job helped me put my son [Matthew]
through college and I enjoy coming up here
even more than I do going home. It’s just so
familiar for me, and I love every day I’m here.”
– Dan Scofield
STEVE COMPTON PHILMONT COUNTRY CLUB
“I ENJOY COMING UP HERE EVEN MORE THAN I DO GOING HOME. I LOVE EVERY DAY I’M HERE.”