Sliding into third base, smashing a double into the gap, leaping for a ground ball … That was what Danny Maringer looked at in regards to sports for a good share of his life.
Fast forward to the former Spartans' baseball player's post-collegiate career. The 2014 graduate now works in the colors of the venue where the tools of the trade require a bag, "the sticks", tees and golf balls.
The journey he took to caddy for the Symetra Tour's Csicsi Rozsa from Budapest, Hungary is amazing but simple … much like the way he approaches his life.
"I guess one day, I decided it was time to try something different," he admitted. "I'd been working for an accounting firm in Fort Wayne but sought warm weather and new opportunities.
I've always enjoyed golf and wanted to play it more so Florida seemed like a good option," he added. "I started working on my game at the Tom Burnett Golf Academy and thought about going into the professional area. However, I met someone while there and things changed."
A friendship with professional golfer Csicsi Rozsa grew and, in time, turned into a relationship. With that, Maringer moved towards "working the bag" for her then career on the Ladies European Tour Access Series.
"We travelled all over Europe," he reminisced. "It was a great experience for both of us, but we wanted to play in the states, so Csicsi earned her spot on the Symetra Tour through LPGA qualifying school.
"I really enjoy my life as a caddy with Csicsi," he added. "We truly are a team. I handle the travel plans and finance side of things as well as helping her out in practice at times. It's a different situation than most professional tour caddies as they usually don't work for only one person, but switch from different tours to different players each week."
So far, the recipe has turned in strong results. Rozsa has been in the money in four of her 10 Symetra events including a top 40 at the season-opening Florida's Natural Charity Classic this past March. She is also among the top 50 of hitting greens in regulation, which makes her and her caddy happy.
"Csicsi went straight from high school to the professional ranks which is not easy," Maringer said.
"Her professional path is one of the reasons why I'm glad I learned so much at the academy," he added. "My understanding of the game is much more than when I first moved to Florida. Along with the travel plans and finances, I can also help by giving her feedback about her game and swing, providing some useful input. She keeps a busy schedule getting to tournament sites on Monday or Tuesday, practicing a few times and then having to be ready for pro-ams or other tournament related activities. I'm just glad to be by her side and able to help."
Among all of the duties and travel with Csicsi, thoughts of Manchester University are never far away.
"The Manchester University experience has most definitely aided me in what I do now," he noted. "I'd say the biggest area is in preparation. When you look at what I am doing, you can draw similarities to how a college student prepares for classes, social life and so on. Organization is very important there and here."
Maringer also points out that others can do what he is doing.
"There's no one perfect way to caddy. Much of it is having a connection and good communication with a player. Finding a professional to work for might be difficult, but if they like how you caddy for them, they'll have you keep doing it, and you may find you enjoy it."
Being a graduate of conviction in his chosen profession … just like the university he has a passion about hoped he would be.