Who is Nick Hardy’s younger brother?
Prior to turning pro in 2018, Nick Hardy enjoyed a successful amateur and collegiate career at the University of Illinois. In college, he was a two-time Big Ten champion, Big Ten Player of the Year in 2018, and a member of the NCAA’s All-American First Team in 2018.
Since turning pro, he’s had some success, with his best finish at the 2022 NV5 Invitational, a Korn Ferry Tour event he lost in the playoffs.
Throughout his recent success, Hardy has had experienced caddy Jeff King on the bag, with the pair enjoying a string of strong results. In this piece, we get to know King better.
King says he started caddying at Woodmar Country Club when he was just 10 years old, caddying through high school and college. King explains that the reason he started caddying is because “it was one of the only jobs I could do at a young age.”
He added: “I was really hooked after attending the Western Open for the first time. It was at Butler National and I got to see guys like Lee Trevino in person. It’s really growing in you, love the game. “I don’t feel like working. The relationship between a golfer and a caddy is just super cool.”
Although King is a caddy on the biggest Tours, he is actually the founder of Kingmade Jerky, the PGA Tour’s “Official Jerky and Official Meat Snack”. Founded in 2012 by King, Kingmade has garnered a huge following on the PGA Tour, with the help of several PGA Tour players.
Admitting he found it by “total accident,” King explained to caddyshacktocorneroffice (opens in a new tab)“I went to college for five years and never got business class. Traveling all the time, I became a beef jerky junky. Every time I stopped at the gas station , I was buying every type of jerky they had, trying to find the best. Some were just really bad, like it would almost break your jaw or it was super salty. “Salty Card” is what I call the really bad stuff.
“So during some downtime, I went to Bass Pro stores and bought a dehydrator, intending to make my own. I looked up a recipe online, got some steak from side, then I forced myself to wait the 9 hours or so it After a day of work, it was finally ready, and I took a bite. It was absolutely awful, just terrible. It was heartbreaking But my competitive side stood up and said, “I have to win!” So I did it again. The second time was still pretty awful. Finally, the fourth try turned out pretty good. But, of course. , I didn’t write anything and wasn’t sure I could do it again. I was in Miami for a Web.com event and just threw the jerky in my bag before heading to the airport.
“I was working for Luke List at the time and told him there was homemade jerky in the bag if he was hungry. He didn’t even have to ask permission, he helped himself Towards the 4th or 5th hole, he grabs the bag of jerky and flies up the fairway. After a few steps, he turns around and says, “Did you say you did that?” thought it couldn’t be that bad, but Luke asked, “How long have you been making jerky, all your life? I told him I had been making it for two weeks, I looked for a recipe on Google and he told me it was the best he had ever had.
“Next thing I know, some guys are coming up and telling me Brownie told them about my killer beef jerky. They all wanted to try it, and within hours it was all gone. Scott Brown came over and got me asked if I would do more for the guys if they were willing to pay for it I thought he was laughing at me and ignored it But he came back to me the next week and said he had four guys who would pay $40 a pound.
“I went home and bought five dehydrators. The whole kitchen was full; it looked like a factory. I made everything I could and sold when I showed up at the golf tournament. I had to fly my parents to help. This went on for months, my phone non-stop beeping from players and caddies I didn’t even know at the time. Like Graeme McDowell, Jimmy Walker and Chris DiMarco all asking for beef jerky. I would show up at the driving range with a gym bag full of this stuff, and it would be empty in 30 minutes. I looked like a drug dealer. Eventually the media caught on and seven years later we became the official Beef Jerky of the PGA Tour.