Asmussen | Let's find out what's in Dylan Meyer's golf bag

Asmussen | Let's find out what's in Dylan Meyer's golf bag

When we go to work, there is a desk waiting for our use. We fill it with pens, important papers and pictures of loved ones.

It's our personal space away from home.

When golfers go to work, their "desks" are their bags. Holding everything they need for 18 holes.

Dylan Meyer's "desk" is easy to spot. In his Ping bag, the Illinois senior puts a bald eagle head cover on his 3-wood.

"I'm big into politics and I love America," Meyer said. "The bald eagle is basically the staple of America and what it symbolizes."

He has Illinois head covers on the rest of his woods.

The golf bags are provided by the school. White with an Illinois logo on the side.

Meyer has used four to six golf bags during his time at Illinois.

Two items he carries all the time. First, a cross he got a few years ago from his coach in Evansville, Ind., Mike Wolf.

"He's a pretty religious guy and it's one of the things we have talked about in our journey together," Meyer said.

It stays in the same place in his bag.

If it went missing, "I'd be a little worried trying to figure out where it went," Meyer said. "You want to keep those things that are dear to you."

Meyer also has a ball marker that reads "DFUNK." His dad, Darren, made it for him.

"That is my nickname," Meyer said. "And the emoji that is on the marker is something that has stuck with me and has been used for me. Very cool idea and it means a lot since he took the time to make it for me."

There's more tucked away in the various pockets. Like an umbrella and rain gear (just in case), range finder, yardage book and, of course, balls.

"Nothing in there that is way out of the ordinary," Meyer said.

He likes to keep his bag tidy.

"That's how I've always done it," Meyer said.

If it's a long day, he takes some food, a banana, apple or PB&J. There's always a water bottle in the tournament.

Keep out

No military-like inspection of the bags takes place before a tournament. Illinois coach Mike Small never touches them.

"That's their locker," Small said. "There's not much I tell them to do. They've got their standard head covers and standards clubs.

"In their bags, the little trinkets and little lucky things, I don't really know much about that."

Small will count the clubs. And make sure the players do, too. No more than 14 allowed in the bag. Violate the rule, Ian Woosnam, and it's a 2-stroke penalty.

"I remind them every week," Small said. "If you have 15 in there, it's a bad deal."

Old-school Small sees a trend toward players using push carts.

"I don't particularly like it," Small said. "We've got more important things to worry about playing golf than if our bag is heavy or not. That's the way I look at it."

When he plays, Small never uses No. 2 balls. He has 1s, 3s and 4s.

What did 2 do to him?

"I never play well with them," Small said. "It's just in my head."

He gives away all the 2s.

"That's my big thing," Small said.

The coach keeps his bag neat, cleaning it out every week. He never carries more than six balls. His players shouldn't either.

"If these guys need more than six balls," Small said, "we've got to reassess what's going on around here."

Gold standard

No one debates the best golf bag ever: Rodney Dangerfield's in "Caddyshack."

"Al Czervik's" club carrier had a television, stereo and beer tap. Plus a remote control that launched the clubs to the golfer.

Believe it or not, you can actually own a version of the "Caddyshack" bag. Made by Too Cool Toys, it comes in black, blue or red.

Your caddy needs to be very strong. The bag weighs 86 pounds before you add beverages.

Ready to order? You might want to check out the price. It lists at $3,895. That's head coach money.

Bob Asmussen can be reached at 217-351-5233 or by email at asmussen@news-gazette.com.

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