A few weeks ago, South Bend was at center stage of the golf world when the US Senior Open was hosted at Notre Dame’s Warren Golf Course. With many of the best senior men’s golfers in the country in town it created a buzz and excitement around the community, including the John Adams Athletics community.
Adams Boys and Girls Head Golf Coach Andy Kern had an opportunity very few would ever get to have – caddying for a golfer at a major championship.
Kern was asked to caddy for Tony Soerries. Both Kern and Soerries are lifelong friends, meeting each other when they were golfer in high school – Kern at Penn and Soerries at SB Clay – and later both attending Ball State University.
Soerries, who currently resides in Texas, was one of 23 amateurs who competed in the tournament hosted last month. Unfortunately Soerries did not make the cut, shooting 8 over par during the first two rounds on Thursday and Friday.
While not making the cut might be disappointing, it was the opportunity of a lifetime for Coach Kern to caddy for a friend in their hometown on a course just down the street in one of the most prestigious golf tournaments on the Senior tour.
Coach Kern has had a busy summer with teaching summer school, working in real estate, caddying at the Senior Open, stopping by the South Bend Women’s metro, and getting ready for the upcoming girls golf season.
Congratulations on an awesome opportunity Coach Kern!
Links to two articles about Coach Kern and Tony Soerries can be found at