Former UGA golf star Jerman’s caddie duties come with marriage proposal

Caddying for boyfriend Todd Ormsby for the first time, Angela Jerman could have offered plenty of advice on the course she spent her college career playing.

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Former Georgia golf standout Angela Jerman (left) laughs with boyfriend Todd Ormsby during the first round of the Stadion Classic at UGA on Thursday. Jerman agreed to be Ormsby's caddie for the week, a job that came with a marriage proposal.

Instead the two spent much of Thursday’s first round of the Stadion Classic at UGA planning their wedding after Ormsby proposed a night earlier in the Boyd Center locker room.

“We talked about who would probably be in the wedding, where we would want to have it, what month we really wanted to have it,” said Jerman, who was a two-time All-American, the 2002 Southeastern Conference Golfer of the Year and a member of Georgia’s 2001 national championship team. “It was a nice diversion, and I just kept staring at my ring all day and making sure it didn’t get dirty in the sand.”

With Jerman’s ties to Georgia, Ormsby, who qualified as a PGA Tour section member, knew this would be the place to pop the question.

“When I heard about this tournament, I started thinking about [proposing] because of her whole history here,” said Ormsby, who shot an even-par 71 Thursday. “… That’s the reason I wanted to do it here. This is her space. Athens is her town. She loves it here and she’s a huge Georgia fan, so this was the best spot to get it done.”

Jerman was so busy that she never saw it coming. As the head professional at White Oak Golf Club in Newnan, she hosted two golf tournaments this week and only came to the UGA Golf Course on Wednesday because Ormsby, a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection at NC State, told her she was needed for a television interview.

“I was so tired and that’s why I wouldn’t have expected him to say, ‘Hey, on your longest day of the year, let’s get engaged,’” Jerman said. “… The only thing for me, as everybody who knows me knows, I don’t stop talking, but I couldn’t say anything last night. I had absolutely no words.”

Ormsby did at least get a yes. In fact, it was an “absolutely.”

Jerman and Ormsby have known each other for several years — he is an instructor at Braelinn Golf Club in Peachtree City — and although they have been dating just six months, Jerman said she had no reservations about saying yes.

“When it’s right and it fits, you just know it,” Jerman said.

Expect to see the two together on the course even more often as Jerman, a former LPGA player, transitions to a position as an instructor at White Oak in hopes of playing in more tournaments, where Ormbsy will be the one carrying the clubs.

Even on the course, the two just seem to click, Jerman said.

“We play very similar games, so when the thought process gets a little out of whack, I know exactly what he’s thinking, so that kind of nice,” Jerman said. “And he’ll caddie for me. He’s urging me to play more, which is another reason I’m going more into the teacher role.”

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