HYANNISPORT – As he does every year, mega-star comedian/actor and avid golfer Bill Murray showed up at the Hyannisport Club for the 26th Robert Kennedy Center for Human Rights golf tournament, joining members of the Robert F.Kennedy clan and assorted high-rollers from Corporate America for a friendly round of golf and auction. This is not your usual charity golf scramble because the tournament features sports, film and political celebrities and annually raises about $500,000.
In addition to funnyman Bill Murray, who’s promoting his new movie, “Rock the Cabash,” participants included actors Martin Sheen, Ghostbuster Dan Akroid, Will Keyser, Matt McCoy, filmmaker Bobby Farrelly, retired Celtic John Havlicek, former Sox star Jim Lonborg, US Representative Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Ethel and Kerry Kennedy.
“This is a magnificent day and we’ve got hundreds of people here who come back year after year because they love the sport and they love to golf,” said Kennedy Center for Human Rights CEO Kerry Kennedy. “By supporting this tournament, they are transforming the lives of people around the world. Over 1.6 million people live on less than two dollars a day in America. We have an obligation to help those people and this is our goal every day.”
Golf on Cape Cod in middle October is subject to tempermental weather conditions and since Hyannisport is situated next to the ocean the history of the tournament has faced a bunch of dicey weather patterns. However, after a one hour rain delay, the sun was shining gloriously over Squaw Island, Cape Cod Bay and Hyannisport for most of the day. On each tee box a gift was donated to the player hitting closest to the pin on the par 3s and closest in regulation on the par 4s. The prizes ranged from high-definition TV to 16-foot sailboat to a 2016 Chrysler won by Chris Mara, whose family owns the New York Giants, hitting it 6-feet 2-inches on No. 14. The Rooney family, owners of the Pittsburg Steelers, also wrote big checks to the foundation. A Jim Lonborg baseball was auctioned off for $750.The Robert Kennedy Human Rights golf tournament is not your typical charity scramble and it’s not played at a local municipal golf course. It’s an event that raises big bucks for a good cause with generous players, invitees and many volunteers.
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