During the stroke-play qualifying portion of this year's U.S. Junior Amateur, Jonathan De Los Reyes of Antioch, Calif., had Daniel Bevins, the father of fellow competitor Andrej Bevins, serving as his caddie. The USGA doesn't allow parents or guardians to serve as caddies for this championship, so often times a friend, sibling or even a swing instructor might do the honors.
What's interesting about this scenario is De Los Reyes, a 17-year-old recent high school graduate who will play at St. Mary's College in the fall, wound up facing Bevins in the first round of match play on Wednesday. De Los Reyes registered a 3-and-2 win.
The two golfers have competed on the same Northern California Junior Golf Association Team and known each other for the last three to four years, so you could say the matchup was a bit awkward.
"It was weird," said De Los Reyes. "We were talking about it before [match play] of what are the chances that I play Andrej, and it happened."
With the two players on opposite of the draw for stroke play, Daniel Bevins was able to watch his son play and caddie for De Los Reyes. Obviously, he couldn't caddie on Wednesday, especially under the circumstances.
"He was a really good caddie," said De Los Reyes, who carried his own bag for Wednesday's match. "He helped me out a lot."
De Los Reyes plans to employ a caddie for Thursday's second round, but it likely won't be Bevins.
Asked if the two had any chatter during the round, De Los Reyes responded: "I didn't talk to him once the whole round. It was kind of a little weird, but we're good friends, so it wasn't that bad. I tried not to think about it, playing his son.
"I think I did a pretty good job of managing the course by myself." -- David Shefter