One of the most recognizable names in sports has a new caddie who grew up in Newtown.
Joe LaCava, a Newtown native and graduate of Western Connecticut State University, is Tiger Woods' newest caddie.
The announcement was posted on Woods' website Sunday. LaCava's first tournament with Woods will be in a week at the Frys.com Open, which starts Oct. 6, according to the announcement.
At one point, LaCava had thought about using a finance degree he earned from WestConn as a springboard into investment banking – his father's profession – according to an article on CTGolfer Online. LaCava's father worked at Newtown Savings Bank for 30 years in the mortgage division and was a longtime member of the Newtown County Club,
But the younger LaCava then began caddying for Ken Green and never looked back, according to the CTGolfer article, which says top caddies can earn a six-figure annual salary.
LaCava later was introduced to Fred Couples with whom he forged a special bond, a relationship that Woods said in the announcement he came to personally see and appreciate.
Prior to Woods, LaCava caddied for Dustin Johnson.