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Los Angeles West Coast Golf Classic SEPTEMBER 2015 Event Chairs Tom Barry and Jim Layden hosted a spectacular day of golf at the exclusive Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles one of the most challenging courses in California. The course starts with one of the most dramatic rst tees in the game perched on the top of a hill overlooking U.C.L.A. and the Westwood section of Los Angeles. This was the third annual West Coast Golf Classic and it was a magnicent setting for this invitational competition on a warm sunny day. Leading the foursomes were Bill Folan Mike Dunleavy Sr. Colin McCaerty and Joe Morrison. Previous winners Bill Folan and Mike Dunleavy Sr. were back to regain the winning title however Jim Laydens winning team of Barry OBrien Brian OCuiv and Conor Shalloe took the honors. They were presented with a striking Golf Swing trophy produced in Ireland by Celtic Roots hand-carved out of a piece of bog oak wood almost 5000 years old. West Coast Director Marjorie Muldowney greeted a keen group of returning players including Tyler Barth Brendan Carroll Matthew Doran as well as James Kearney Dave Larkin and Dermot Tuohy. New players included Aaron Wood Bill Caerky Ray Conboy Rob Freelen JBeau Lewis Sam Rubin Frank OBrien and Pat OKeee. National Board Director Harry Hartford joined the party at the Top of the Tee reception along with Los Angeles Regional Advisory Board Members Kaitlyn Caerky Conor Shalloe Brendan Carroll Sean Kneafsey and Patricia Danaher. The party grew with the welcome addition of Margaret Hayhurst actress Olivia Tracey Chris Kyle Melissa Caerky Sylvia Wood and actress Amy Shiels. 14th Annual Philadelphia Golf Classic SEPTEMBER 2015 The 14th annual American Ireland Fund Philadelphia Golf Classic took place at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Golfers were fortunate with perfect conditions for a great day of golf while supporting some tremendous Irish charities. The event honored Patrick Murphy who will soon be named Undersecretary of The United States Army. He is the rst veteran of the Iraq War to be elected to the United States House of Representatives representing Pennsylvanias 8th Congressional district from 2007 to 2011. He is now the anchor of Taking the Hill on MSNBC and is also a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP. Supporters had the opportunity to try their luck at the hole-in-one contest for a VIP trip to Ireland sponsored by Jameson. However the course proved to be a challenging one with no one getting even close. Congratulations to Matt Walsh who won the long drive competition. On conclusion of the golf and competitions supporters were welcomed by National Director of The Young Leaders Pat Tully. Pat thanked the generous presenting sponsor Michael Gallagher and Pepper Hamilton LLP along with the other sponsors. Following the live auction Pat introduced honoree former Congressman Patrick Murphy who delivered a warm speech about his involvement with The American Ireland Fund. Congratulations to the overall winning foursomePat Ward of Penn Liberty Bank and his colleagues P.J. Stapleton Jim Quinlan and Jim Clark. The American Ireland Fund GOLF JBeau Lewis Marjorie Muldowney Sam Rubin 2015 West Coast Golf Classic players with Tom Barry and Jim Layden Bob Petit Andrew Milligan Mike Gallagher John McCruddenFran McCartan Michael Nolan Chris Carroll Brian OCuiv Barry OBrien Jim Layden Conor Shalloe Pat Ward Patrick Murphy PJ Stapleton 64connect 2016