LAKE FOREST, Illinois (September 16, 2015) - Actor Bill Murray and his five brothers – whose experiences as caddies at Indian Hill Club in Winnetka inspired the 1980 comedy classic, “Caddyshack” – were inducted into The Caddie Hall of Fame on Wednesday night at the 2015 BMW Championship following their participation in the Gardner Heidrick Pro-Am at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois.
Administered by the Western Golf Association since 2011, The Caddie Hall of Fame highlights the tradition and importance of caddying by recognizing individuals who have devoted their lives to the game of golf through caddying or by supporting the role of caddies. The Caddie Hall of Fame was founded in 1999 by the Professional Caddies Association and Dennis and Laura Cone.
During the induction ceremony, the six brothers – Bill, Andy, Brian, Ed, Joel and John – discussed their caddie days, their family and golf. Moderator Jimmy Roberts of NBC Sports asked the brothers what makes a good caddie.
“A good caddie makes a member feel like part of a team and like you’re trying to accomplish something together,” said Ed Murray, the only of the Murray brothers to earn the Evans Scholarship.
Bill Murray said, “It’s an ability to look at a player when he hits a bad shot and go ‘ehhhh….. it happens.’ And when he hits a good shot, you go, ‘well, that’s really who you are.’”
The Murray Brothers join the likes of Tom Watson, Chick Evans and Jack Nicklaus in The Caddie Hall of Fame.
“What an honor to be included with Old Tom Morris, Frances Ouimet, Fluff Cowan and all that crowd,” Ed said.
“I’m just afraid they’re going to make me caddie again,” Bill joked.
Bill’s portrayal of Bushwood Country Club’s hapless greenskeeper, Carl Spackler, in “Caddyshack” helped immortalize the film, which was co-written by his older brother, Brian Doyle-Murray, who also played caddie master Lou Loomis in the movie.
“We are honored and excited to welcome the Murray brothers to the 2015 BMW Championship and to induct them into The Caddie Hall of Fame,” said Vince Pellegrino, Senior Vice President of Tournaments for the Western Golf Association, which conducts the BMW Championship.
“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.”
Brian based a key plot element of “Caddyshack” on the eldest Murray brother Ed's pursuit of a caddie scholarship. Ed was awarded an Evans Scholarship to attend Northwestern University in 1963.
The Murray brothers and their three sisters – Nancy, Peggy and Laura - grew up in Wilmette. Their father, Edward Murray, was a lumber salesman and their mother, Lucille, was a homemaker.