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Jeff Paul Awarded
Barbara and Bill Walsh with J. Wood Platt Chair- man Jack Endicott(center).
Jeff Paul with Dawn to Dusk co-chair and fellow Huntingdon
Valley CC member Tina Gregor.
At the Caddie Brunch, the Platt also honored Jeff
Paul of Huntingdon Valley Country Club with an
Honorary Lifetime membership. Paul has been
instrumental to the Trust’s efforts with the Dawn
to Dusk fundraising event.
His company, Thomas J. Paul, Inc., created the
branding for the event, and has designed the
signage and marketing materials, all donated, for
Dawn to Dusk since its inception in 2010. Paul
becomes the third individual to be honored by
the Platt, joining golf course architect Tom Fazio
and golfing legend Arnold Palmer.
Bill, Barbara Walsh presented with
inaugural Distinguished Service Award
Scott Palmer speaks at
annual Caddie Brunch
The featured speaker at the Caddie Brunch
was Scott Palmer, a former television reporter
with WPVI who covered Philadelphia news
and sports for 25
years. Palmer is currently the director of
public affairs for the
He was inducted into
the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia
Hall of Fame upon his
retirement from TV work in 2005.
Palmer joins a long list of celebrated Philadelphia sports figures to speak at the brunch,
such as Phil Martelli, Beasley Reece, Dick
Vermeil, Chris Wheeler and Jay Wright.
– Brad Kane
There are few individuals who have done more for the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust than Bill and Barbara Walsh. So it makes sense that the Platt recently unveiled the William & Barbara Walsh Distinguished Service Award. The longtime Philadelphia Country Club members, and Philadelphia golf scene fixtures, were also made the first recipients of the honor, which was announced at the 2012 Platt
Caddie Brunch on Dec. 22 at Manufacturers Golf & Country Club.
“In our opinion there is no one more worthy than Bill and Barbara, so not only do we honor them
as the initial recipients of this award, but we honor them in perpetuity by also naming the award after
them,” said Platt Chairman Jack Endicott in remarks at the brunch.
In terms of fundraising, the Walshes have been worthy indeed. Under their direction, Philadelphia
Country Club has become the most generous and supportive club of the Golf Association of Philadelphia
in terms of dollars raised for the Platt.
From 2004 to 2011, Philadelphia Country Club led the club contribution standings every year –
that’s eight in a row. The last seven of those, the club donated more than $100,000 each year.
“When my father sets a goal there are very few times he doesn’t achieve that goal,” said P. Chet
Walsh, one of the Walshes’ 15 children. “The story I always like to tell is how when my father took
over Philadelphia Country’s Platt fundraising in 1999 or 2000 that the total amount raised by PCC
since 1958, when the Trust started, was about $250,000 over that 40-year period, and in the 12 years
he was in charge he raised more than $1 million.”
And lest anyone forget Barbara’s contributions; she was on the Platt board before Bill got in-
volved with Philadelphia Country Club’s fundraising efforts, following his stint as Golf Association
of Philadelphia President.
“Mr. Walsh is a gentleman and a terrific person,” said Chris Missett, a J. Wood Platt trustee and
PCC member who took over as the club’s chief fundraiser last year. “He’s always set a great example
for his peers as well as the younger generation. He’s quite an individual and the world is certainly a
better place because of him.”
Many Philadelphia Country Club members got a first-hand look at the persuasive powers of Bill
Walsh over the years.
Said Chet Walsh: “The year following the time Applebrook beat PCC at the 11th hour for the
yearly total, my father talked to the then-president of PCC to let him speak at the annual meeting
which usually falls at the end of January, and he would make his last ditch effort to try and get a few
“All the members joked about who was going to get sucked in by my dad to write that Lifetime
check. He always got at least one at the meeting every year, not to mention quite a few Par, Birdie
and Eagle checks, too.”