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Format: 04/16/2014
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Murrysville Star: Golf outing to honor Rolling Fields co-owner Thomas Walsh

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

By Francesco Sacco

Staff Intern

After beating the odds and surviving acute myeloid leukemia, Thomas Walsh and his sons began planning an event to celebrate.

Instead, the event will remember the man and his love for golf.

On July 25, at the Rolling Fields Golf Club in Murrysville, friends, family and avid golfers will gather to remember Walsh, who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in October. He died after suffering complications from chemo-therapy Feb. 3.

"This provides peace of mind for me and allows me to honor my dad. It will also help others with the disease," son Rich Walsh said about the event.

The golf outing, which is sold out, will honor Thomas and benefit West Penn Hospital's Cancer Institute.

"West Penn was amazing the way they treated my family and my father. It was unbelievable," Rich Walsh said. "Its good to give back to them."

The idea for the golf outing came from Thomas, who planned to play in it and envisioned it as a celebration.

Thomas and life-long friend Blase Santoriello bought Rolling Fields in 2005, and Rich Walsh said he couldn't think of a better place to have the event.

"It was my dad's dream to own and operate a golf course. We grew up on a golf course. He loved golf," he said.

Rich hopes the event will be a success. Aside from golf, participants can attend a barbecue dinner. There also will be an auction, which will include several items from the local sports teams.

To read more, visit the Murrysville Star web site.


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