THE BARRET T FAMILY has a long and prestigious history of caddying, and now there’s an honest debate to be had over who the best looper of them all might happen to be. That’s because for the second year in a row a Barrett family member was named the Francis C. Poore Caddie of the Year – Mick Barrett of Philadelphia Cricket Club, following his cousin Matt of Huntingdon Valley Country Club in 2016. The two are the first members of the same family to be receive the honor, presented by the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust during its Annual Caddie Brunch held at
Aronimink Golf Club Dec. 23.
“I’m not surprised that he won Caddie of
the Year,” said Matt, 22, of Hatboro, Pa. “He’s
obviously accomplished a lot and deserves it.
I even called it in 2016 when I won. I said to
him, ‘The Barrett boys are gonna take it back-
to-back, just watch.’”
And don’t think it hasn’t led to a little trash
talking over who the truly “best” caddie is in
“I think the record shows that I’m a little
better caddie than Matt,” said Mick, 22, of
Maple Glen, Pa., perhaps serious, perhaps
not. “I know some caddies over at [Hunting-
don Valley] and although they say he had
a solid career, it was often questioned if he
was truly an A+ caddie. We’ve spent many
hours debating the Barrett caddie rankings,
and I don’t think we’ll ever come to an
“To find out, we’d have to get on a neutral
course,” said Matt. “Although when we’re
playing partners, I give the reads.”
There are plenty of entrants in the Bar-
rett-family rankings, starting with both of
Mick’s grandfathers (Jack Barrett and Fran
Walsh), who carried at Cedarbrook Country
Club. His dad Mike, and his uncle Tom (Matt’s
dad), both looped at Huntingdon Valley. Four
of Mick’s uncles on his mom’s side caddied at
the now-defunct Ashbourne Country Club,
and his younger brother John currently loops.
“You could say that I was destined to tote
golf bags at some point in my life,” said Mick.
His caddying career started when Mick was
in eighth grade in 2010. That’s eight seasons
of looping, making him a seasoned veteran at
a very young age.
“My cousin and dad and uncles all encour-
aged me to do so,” said Mick. “My first time
there were some growing pains. But I was into
it right away. I got $40 on my first loop and I
thought that was all the money in the world.
“Caddying has taught me more than just
the Rules of Golf and proper etiquette. More
importantly I’ve learned about respect, com-
munication and hard work.”
“Mick is literally the guy everyone my age
wants as their child,” said Jim Smith, Jr., 50,
the Director of Golf at Philadelphia Cricket
Club. “He’s not only been a great example to
the rest of our caddie corps, but to our entire
staff. His ability to engage with members and
staff is unparalleled. I’ve known his father
for 25 years and Mick is just like him, the
guy you can’t find anyone to say anything
That membership at Cricket has provided
Mick with plenty of memories, and he notes
frequently carrying for Dan Farragut – those
are fun loops, he said – in addition to caddy-
ing alongside his brother John as highlights.
“[The members] were very respectful and
generous throughout my tenure as a caddie,”
he said. “I have countless memories that
I’ll never forget. Unfortunately, most of the
lessons I learned in the caddie shack probably
aren’t appropriate for publication.”
There is certainly more to Mick than just
caddying, however. A senior at the University
of Pennsylvania, he is an economics major in
The Wharton School with a GPA around 3. 5.
Post-graduation he already has a job lined
up in private wealth analysis at J.P. Morgan in
Philadelphia, where he interned last summer
Last year in this same space Matt stated he
was the better caddie of the two. Now, Mick
has laid claim to being the superior looper.
Sounds like this friendly rivalry might go down
in history as a tie. m
“I HAVE COUNTLESS MEMORIES THAT I’LL NEVER FORGET. UNFORTUNATELY, MOST OF THE LESSONS
I LEARNED IN THE
Cousins Mick Barrett (left) and Matt Barrett
are the last two Francis C. Poore Caddies
of the Year.