On Grand Strand Golf: Maness drops bag on PGA Tour caddie career

After about six collective years caddying on the PGA Tour in two stints, Galivants Ferry native Michael Maness has accepted a job selling insurance throughout South Carolina and is giving up traveling at the game’s top level.

Maness, 34, has been caddying for the past 2 1/2 years for Kevin Chappell, the 2008 NCAA individual champion who is in his fifth PGA Tour season.

Maness said he began contemplating a career change after the birth of his first child last July, daughter Elle.

“The birth of my daughter changed things a little bit,” Maness said. “And after I stopped playing it changed my outlook on golf a little bit. I wanted to do something different.”