Dada does not seek remuneration for his counsel but will accept contributions to his organization. Along with his donation Parnevik showed Dada how to hit a ball for the first time and kicked in eight MacGregor VIP irons. ("The kind Jack Nicklaus used," Dada says proudly.) Dada has played or practiced a half-dozen times, and he intends to find a place to hit balls on the farm he lives on in Marshall, N.C., with 35 other members of Ananda Marga.
Two weeks ago Dada attended his first tournament, the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic. "I studied the people who were walking, and they studied me," he says, laughing. "The pros put too much pressure on themselves. It creates a mental imbalance. The key is to surrender to the supreme being."
Coming into the tournament, Dunakey had missed the cut in all five Tour events he had played and become chronically negative, but 15 minutes with Dada did wonders. Dunakey tied for fifth and won $109,500. "I figured, What have I got to lose?" Dunakey says. "There's no doubt that Dada helped me. He pointed out how much I was relating my performance to money and how, instead of feeling sorry for myself, I should realize how lucky I am. He gave me breathing exercises and told me to stay in touch. I intend to."
Dada is planning a trip to the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, where he expects to have more contact with the pros. "Because of my time with Doug," says Dada, "the other caddies are telling their players about me."
So he's got that going for him. Which is nice.
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