The 58-year-old vice president of the Olympic Club is the executive director for this week’s U.S. Amateur, which drew 312 of the nation’s finest nonprofessional golfers to The City. Murphy is a San Francisco native who played college golf at USF and was elected into the school’s Hall of Fame in 1983.
How long have you been a member of the Olympic Club? I’m celebrating my 50th anniversary this year. I remember being 8 and my dad [former club board member Fran Murphy] came home one day and told my mom, ‘Let’s get a coat and tie on this kid. We’re getting him into the club.’ I started caddying a few years later and have been in love with golf ever since.
What’s the best you’ve ever done on the Lake Course here? I shot a 67 once, but it was definitely not under these [tournament-tough] conditions. It was a Saturday morning about 30 years ago with my buddies.
What’s the most challenging part of putting together an event like this? It’s probably spectator service and player service. It’s making sure the food is good and the hotel shuttles are working. Because inside the ropes and on the course, we know [Olympic Club Director of Golf Maintenance Operations] Pat Finlen and his crew have everything under control.
Do the members look forward to hosting events like this? I really think they do. The course is in such great shape, it’s really a showcase for the club. I think the members are really proud.
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