• Freddie & Me

  • Life Lessons from Freddie Bennett, Augusta National's Legendary Caddie Master
  • By: Tripp Bowden
  • Narrated by: Scott Pollak
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (119 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A former Augusta National caddie recounts the invaluable life lessons he learned from the late Freddie Bennett, the fabled club's legendary caddie master. 

Though he was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia, home of fabled Augusta National and The Masters, as a child Tripp Bowden was too young and too removed from the game of golf to realize what Augusta National really was, what it meant to his town and the world and the sport; its history, nostalgia, prestige and secrecy. All the 10-year-old Bowden knew about golf was that it was a stupid game that took up too much of his father's time, and that he'd much rather kick around a soccer ball or stay home and read a book. But all that changed once Bowden's father, a renowned local doctor, introduced him to one of his patients, Freddie Bennett, the legendary Augusta National caddie master. 

Though Bowden was a White child of considerable privilege and Bennett was an older Black gentleman of more modest means, the two formed an unusual bond. It was Bennett who introduced Bowden to the game of golf, a sport that would one day earn him a Division 1 golf scholarship and lead him to the final stage of a British Open qualifier. But it was the lessons Bennett taught the young Bowden off the course that had their profoundest impact on his life. Through Freddie and his particular brand of homespun wisdom, the author learned invaluable lessons about personal responsibility, hard work, and respect for others regardless of age, race, or religion. He also learned that there's much more to life than just playing golf. 

Like the best sellers Tuesdays with Morrie and Seasons of Life before it, Freddie & Me is a heartwarming tale of two unlikely friends and their uncommon bond forged through sport. 

©2009 Tripp Bowden (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Simply Tremendous

Took me back to my youth. Great tribute to a great man.

JA Cook
Caddy Master, Preston Trail, Dallas, TX 1987-88

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Loved every minute

Two likable characters, and a palace of intrigue. Any golf nut will love it, heck, even people who’ve never played the game will

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Worst golf book ever written

Title says it all. Waste of time. The reason it was a free podcast is because anyone who paid for it would want a refund.

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Best audiobook experience so far

I just finished Freddie and Me, and I’ll be listening to it again.. a first for me!Excellent story; well written and masterfully narrated. This audiobook is worth every penny and will not disappoint!

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Great parables of life from a caddy’s perspective


Enjoyable and fun read that will delight golfers, as well as Mark Twain enthusiasts with some good old corn-pull sayings, like “as quiet as a rat pissing on cotton”!

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Favorite book of all time.

Excellent story!! I had a chance to meet Tripp at a Member/Guest a few years back when he was promoting the book. I read it then and just listened to it again. Loved it again, maybe more with the brilliant narrator. If you love golf or just great stories, get this.

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  • 08-25-22

just a brilliant story

this is an incredibly heartfelt and entertaining tribute to one of golf's great characters.

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  • FRANCIS WILLIAMS
  • 08-23-22

Freddie and me….

A good golf related story and read and it shows southern hospitality at its best…..

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  • Antony Graddon
  • 08-09-22

Fabulous

Amazing book and extremely well written, a total joy to listen to, Freddie the Legend

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  • David Meagher
  • 10-20-21

A nice tale.

The worst English accent since Dick Van Dyke! The rest is well presented and very descriptive.