AUSTIN, Texas – Dec. 23, 2004 – Avid golfer, comedian and Golden Globe winner Bill Murray has received the SortaGolf Association's inaugural David Mulligan Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to recreational golfer enjoyment.
Best known to golfers for his memorable role as Carl Spackler in Caddyshack (the greatest golf movie of all time) and for entertaining crowds at charity golf events too numerous to mention; Murray also authored "Cinderella Story: My Life in Golf" and is part owner of the Murray Bros. Caddy Shack golf bar & restaurant chain.
"Bill represents the true spirit of recreational golf and his contributions to the enjoyment of the game are a living legacy to SortaGolfers everywhere. We are proud to give him a 'Mulligan', our highest honor." stated SGA Commissioner Donn Glenn. Murray is the first ever to be so recognized by the SGA.
The "Mulligan" Lifetime Achievement Award is named in honor of Canadian Golfer David Mulligan, the presumed inspiration for the term that bears his name. In the late 1920's David Mulligan played golf with a group of friends at the St. Lambert Country Club, outside Montreal. Being the only golfer with a car, Mulligan ended up driving everyone to the course. The drive took him over many rough roads and a really bumpy bridge found at the entrance to the course. Due the rough driving conditions, Mulligan's hands were in pretty bad shape by the time the trip was over. His "buddies" were nice enough to give him an extra drive off the first tee.
In recognition of Murray's accomplishments, all of SortaGolf's over 25,000+ members are encouraged to:
· Watch Caddyshack within the next 30 days
· Recite one of Murray's memorable Caddyshack lines during their next round of golf (*)
· Play in a charity golf event next season
About the SGA
The SGA (SortaGolf Association) is the governing body of SortaGolf. Headquartered in Austin, Texas and led by Commissioner Donn Glenn, the SGA is dedicated to improving the satisfaction of recreational golfers everywhere and championing the Sorta 7 Amendments to the USGA Rules of Golf.
(*) Suggested Murray Caddyshack lines:
"It's in the cup"
"I smell varmint poontang"
"You gotta pool?"
"Big hitter the Lama"
"So I've got that going for me, which is nice"
"It's no big deal"
"You're a tramp, that was a good one"