New York Times Portraits of Grief

Thomas Galvin

When it came to soaring drives, pinpoint irons, mental toughness, Thomas Galvin had the whole package. He played a mean game of golf. Fortunately for his opponents, he worked a lot, and that limited the number of tournaments he entered.

A member of Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, N.Y., Mr. Galvin managed to maintain a scratch handicap even while putting in long hours at the office. Most players would drool over that handicap.

But as a senior vice president and corporate bond broker at Cantor Fitzgerald, Mr. Galvin never found enough time to play extensive competitive golf. His hope was that his schedule would lighten up enough that next summer he could compete in more area tournaments.

Mr. Galvin, 32, who was single and lived in Manhattan, took up the game when he was 10, and immediately demonstrated an unusual gift. He was captain of his high school team in Greenwich, Conn., and was named to all-state and all-county squads. He was also captain of the varsity team at Georgetown University.

"He always had a wonderful swing," said his mother, Diverra Galvin. "He didn't take a lot of lessons. He just seemed to know how to play."

On Sept. 23, Mr. Galvin was supposed to leave for Ireland, to be the co-captain of a team from Winged Foot in the first Emerald Cup match between players from American and Irish clubs. It would have been his first trip to Ireland, a favorite destination, in years.