Walsh golf outing raises $300,000 for charity

Mayor Martin J. Walsh took a mulligan Monday at City Hall and spent the morning on the golf course.

Sort of.

Walsh hosted a charitable golf tournament that raised at least $300,000, and organizers were still counting checks midweek. The event drew some 480 participants who played at three different courses: George Wright Golf Course in Hyde Park, William J. Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park and the Presidents Golf Course in Quincy.

Foursomes golfed as a team and used the group's best-shot on each stroke. The mayor played his typical game, which what you would expect from someone who has golfed only a half dozen times. His strength is generally watching the sport on television.


"I'm not good," said Walsh whose foursome included Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans. "I'm pretty sure not one of my shots was used."

The fundraiser was the first big event held by Walsh's recently incorporated charity, the MJW Charitable Foundation. The organization plans to support a broad array of noble endeavors in Boston, ranging from youth sports programs to domestic violence prevention, Alzheimer's care to cancer treatment.

According to documents filed with the state, the MJW Charitable Foundation was created in July. The charity's board members are attorney Elissa Flynn-Poppey; Katherine Craven, the former chief executive officer of the Massachusetts School Building Authority; and Bill Richard, the father of Martin Richard, the victim of the Boston Marathon bombing

The charity's activities will be limited to a single annual event.

"Our intention right now," Walsh said, "is to not go beyond the golf tournament."

Andrew Ryan can be reached at acryan@globe.com Follow him on Twitter @globeandrewryan.