Stray Cats options ‘Freddie’

Mark Gibson set to pen screenplay

Newly-formed Stray Cats Prods. has optioned Tripp Bowden’s golf memoir “Freddie & Me” and tapped Mark Gibson (“The Wild”) to pen the screenplay.

“Freddie” charts the lifelong relationship between Bowden and Freddie Bennett, the Caddy Master at Augusta National Golf Course.

Bowden, introduced as a 10-year-old to Bennett, became a scholarship athlete who ultimately washed out as a pro golfer and was forced to turn to his old friend and take a job caddying at Augusta — which teaches him the true value of the game.

Book was published last year by Skyhorse Publishing with the title “Freddie and Me: Life Lessons from Freddie Bennett, Augusta National’s Legendary Caddie Master.”

“It’s not about a champion or winning the big game,” Gibson said. “It’s about the life lessons golf can impart and the relationship of this man and boy.”

Stray Cats, based in Charlotte, N.C., was formed by partners Joe Polite and Martin Sprock to independently finance development and production of small to mid-budgeted theatrical features with targeted audience appeal.

Gibson, an avid golfer and fan, also penned “Snow Dogs” with Phillip Halprin.

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