NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--Murphy’s Masters hosted its 28th annual golf tournament at Pehquenakonck Country Club on Saturday, Sept. 23.

This year’s tournament was one of the most attended since its inception in 1989, with almost 100 participants, founder Jim Murphy said. It began as a way to get his friends together and then he and his wife, Ruth, thought it would be a good opportunity to raise money for charities.

Each year, a different charity is chosen to benefit from the event. This year, the members chose to donate proceeds to the American Cancer Society. 

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“Members choose something personal to them,” Jim Murphy said.

Past beneficiaries include the Food Bank of Westchester, the ALS Foundation and the Widows, Orphaned and Disabled Fireman’s Fund.
Murphy, who wasn’t drawn to the sport until his 40s, said it’s a great way to socialize with friends and enjoy the weather. 

The two-session event includes lunch and dinner, as well as raffles and awards for best and worst  scores. Typically the event raises between $25,000 and $35,000. Players pay $150 for the day, and there is also an auction.

Over the years the event has become a family holiday of sorts; friends and family come from across the country for the event. This year, Murphy’s brother-in-law came from California.

His sons, Jim and Andrew, also golfers, are very involved with the planning, which Murphy said can be a lot of work. 

“That’s how we wound up with the second session; so many of their friends are involved and a lot of the guys are young fathers,” Murphy said. “So they can play in the morning and go home to their wife and child in the afternoon.”

Murphy is a grandfather to three with one more on the way. 

“My first two grandchildren are girls and I’ve already bought them starter golf sets.” 

It’s too early to know for sure if they’ll take to it, he said, “but we’ll see.”