Saturday, April 30, 2005


Foreplay in the sand

The LPGA is facing a little scandal as a former caddie is claiming to have been seduced and unwillingly fathering a child with his former boss. Gary Robinson, a former caddie for LPGA golfer Jackie Gallagher-Smith (who is married) is suing her, saying she used him as “an unwitting sperm donor.” He is suing for an unspecified sum, claiming fraud and intentional infliction of emotional distress. No hearing date has been set for the suit, filed in circuit court this week in West Palm Beach.

An 11-year tour veteran, Gallagher-Smith has one career victory and career earnings of about $1.1 million. She has not played in a tour event this year.

Robinson said he has been affected professionally. He is currently out of work as a caddie and is pursuing a career as a professional golfer.“The likelihood that I will ever get another caddying job, especially in the LPGA, is very, very unlikely,” he said.

Robinson, 26, began caddying for Gallagher-Smith in February 2004, and soon thereafter began receiving advances from her, he said. Robinson said he was in an emotional state after recently ending a long-term relationship with a girlfriend, and he passed off some early advances as “innocent playful activity.”

The relationship became sexual about two months later and the two would sometimes engage in unprotected sex, he said. When rumors of the relationship began spreading around the tour, Gallagher-Smith told Robinson that he must deny they had anything but a work relationship, the suit states.

Robinson goes on to say that Gallagher-Smith told him she and her husband had been unsuccessful in conceiving a child. In July, she told Robinson she was pregnant and led him to believe he might be the father, the suit says.

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