Metacomet Golf Club is closing in just three days and will leave many without jobs.
That includes long time caddie Dave Bart, who was highlighted in a Providence Journal story this past week as “The Last Caddie at Metacomet.”
Since the publishing of that story, a GoFundMe page has been started for Bart.
“The campaign for Dave is just a couple days old and so many have been very generous and I thank you for helping me do this for Dave. I’ve been receiving messages from those who know Dave personally. The stories they tell, and the positive comments about him have made me more determined to make this campaign successful. In the next few days, I will be setting up an administrator (attorney or financial advisor) to execute the withdrawal at the end of the campaign and present a check to Dave. I assure you that this campaign will 100% transparent, and that the funds will be used by Dave for the intended purposes. Dave is 2 days away from his last trip around Metacomet. The loss of this iconic golf course, will be the a loss of Dave’s daily routine and his income. Please continue to share this so we can get Dave into an apartment he deserves,” writes GoFundMe page creator Richard Benoit.
As of this moment, it has raised just over $1,000 out of a $10,000 goal.
According to the ProJo story, Bart is a 58 and lives in a one-room apartment on the Pawtucket-Central Falls line.
On most days, Bart walks nearly two hours from his apartment to Metacomet to make $60-$80 a bag.
He carries an old transistor radio and a flip phone.
Prior to being a caddie, Bart was in the army for nearly eight years. He served as Military Police in Germany on two occasions and at Fort Hood in Texas.
According to the ProJo, Bart says he will be there on Wednesday.
The Last Caddie on Metacomet’s Last Day.