Ed Murray, inspiration behind Caddyshack, dies

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CHICAGO – Ed Murray, who received the Evans Scholarship while attending Northwestern University in 1963 and later became the story-line that inspired Danny Noonan’s character in ‘Caddyshack’, has died.

William Murray Golf made the announcement via Instagram Monday. “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of the legend Ed Murray.” the Company said in a statement.

Ed began his love affair with the game caddying at the age of 10 at Indian Hills Country Club in Winnetka. Ed, the eldest brother of actor Bill Murray, became a conduit introducing all of his brothers to Golf.

“I was an altar boy and I was serving Mass and I looked over to the side and I saw this strange man,” Ed told the Chicago Tribune in 2015. “I learned he was the caddy master at the Indian Hill Club in Winnetka and he was looking for caddies and anyone who was interested in making some money should come up and he would train us. A couple of days later, we were caddying for the first time.”

Murray said one of his favorite things about caddying was being introduced to a variety of successful people, which lead to him growing up quickly.

“You had to be mature when you were taking care of a member’s bag and game and trying to get him to play well and feel good about his time on the golf course,” Ed said.

“It was an honor for all of us to get to know Ed and to spend time with him over the past half-decade as we’ve built this brand with the Murray family –and his loss is a hole that will never be filled,” the Company said Monday. “Rest in paradise, to a true family man and a gentle, sweet soul.”

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