Carl Spackler would be proud.
Actor Bill Murray and his five brothers – show business regulars Brian Doyle-Murray, Joel Murray and John Murray, along with restaurateur Andrew Murray and financial consultant Ed Murray, will be inducted into the Caddie Hall of Fame on Sept. 16 following their participation in the Gardner Heidrick Pro-Am at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forrest earlier in the day.
The Hall of Fame induction honors the importance of caddying by “individuals who have devoted their lives to the game of golf through caddying or by supporting the role of caddies.”
Born and raised in the Chicago area, the Murray siblings worked as caddies at the Indian Hill Club in Winnetka. Their experiences and exploits served as inspiration for the 1980 film “Caddyshack,” co written by Brian Doyle-Murray with the late film director Harold Ramis and National Lampoon’s Douglas Kenney.
“The Murray brothers’ experiences coming of age in the caddie yard – including the quest for an Evans Scholarship – are what have made “Caddyshack” a favorite, not just of golfers and sports fans but of movie lovers across the world,” said Vince Pellegrino, Senior Vice President of Tournaments for the Western Golf Association, in a statement.
“Being a caddie had me working with adults, including business executives and community leaders,” Ed Murray said via statement. “I didn’t realize it at the time, but through golf, I was learning … honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence and responsibility. If it wasn’t for golf and Indian Hill, I never would have gotten the opportunity to earn a Chick Evans Scholarship to [Northwestern].”
In the film, Bill Murray portrayed the goofy Bushwood Country Club groundskeeper Carl Spackler, who declared war on a turf-destroying gopher. Brian Doyle-Murray co-starred as caddie master Lou Loomis.
Other local celebs slated to participate in the Pro-Am event are Bears’ former middle linebacker Brian Urlacher and Bulls Head Coach Fred Hoiberg.
For more information about the events visit www.BMWChampionship.com.