HAMMOND | Ashley Prange's caddie is in just his third week on the job, but he has plenty of familiarity with his golfer.
Brian Snyder, Prange's fiance, is taking it easy this summer and toting a golf bag after seven-plus seasons as a minor league baseball player, most of them in the Oakland Athletics organization.
Snyder will be with Prange as she hits the craps tables at Horseshoe Casino, sponsor of this week's Futures Tour event at Lost Marsh, and goes to see "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" or "The Hangover" in a nearby theater.
"He's great for support, helping line up tee shots," Prange said.
An infielder with a high on-base percentage who played four seasons in Double-A but was released by the Padres earlier this season, Snyder is happy to see his fiancee more often and work with her.
"I know enough about caddying," he said. "I enjoy it. It's great to be on the other side of the fence and get to see someone else doing what they love professionally.
"If I didn't enjoy it I wouldn't be out here."
Engaged since July 2, 2008, the two will be wed in November in Florida, Snyder's home state and their current residence.
Prange, the 2006 event champion at Lost Marsh, grew up in Noblesville and attended North Carolina, where she was all-ACC every year from 2001 to 2004. Her younger sister Amber has played in a few events this year, too.
"I've lived in six states, my parents are Hoosiers, so at the end of the day I'm an Indiana girl," Ashley Prange said. "(Indiana) has a comforting home feel."
Despite high winds at the first Futures event at Lost Marsh, Prange won with a tourney total of 2 under. However, she has yet to win since then. Last year she was atop the leaderboard during a late rain delay in the second round but faded to finish 12th.
This year she's finished third once and missed two cuts in eight events. Ranked 22nd on the money list right now, she needs to make a charge to finish in the top 10 of the Futures Tour and earn an LPGA Tour card, like 2008 Horseshoe Casino Classic champ Vicky Hurst did last season.
"I've had some successes out here and some failures," Prange said. "I'm starting to put things in order -- cross my t's and dot my i's."
Prange said she feels comfortable at Lost Marsh and used her practice rounds as a tune-up and seized the opportunity to survey the conditions of the greens and fairways.
"The golf course is in the best shape it's been in since I've been here," Prange said. "We'll see what happens with the weather. We could be looking at a totally different tournament this year just because it's really hot."
This is the fourth consecutive week of tour competition, and a two-week break follows this event.
"It should be smooth sailing," Prange said. "I'm ready to go for the week."