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Murphy wins two matches for Team Carolinas golfers

Posted: July 30, 2013 11:00 a.m.
Updated: July 31, 2013 5:00 a.m.
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KELLI MURPHY

PINEHURST, N.C. -- Kelli Murphy, a rising senior at Lugoff-Elgin High School, led the Carolinas’ team with two wins in as many events in the 12th Mid-Atlantic Girls’ Challenge, which concluded on Sunday at The Country Club of North Carolina’s Cardinal Course.
The eight-player Virginia-Maryland team notched a one-point comeback victory, 6½-5½, to defeat the squad of the best junior girls’ golfers from North and South Carolina. Carolinas leads the all-time series, 8-3-1.
After trailing by two points, 3-1, following Saturday’s opening day four-ball encounters, Virginia-Maryland registered a three-point victory in concluding singles’ matches. Virginia-Maryland accounted for five wins and a halve to post its second win in the past three years in the series, having won in 2011 at Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club.
Murphy, an Elgin resident, started off the two-day event by teaming with Madison Moosa of Charlotte for a 2 and 1 win over Elizabeth Bose (Norfolk, Va.) and Khushboo Thiagaraj (Haymarket, Va.) in four-ball play. Sunday, Murphy downed Kristin Hearp (Salem, Va.), 3 and 2, in singles to complete a perfect weekend.
Altogether, Virginia-Maryland won each of the final four and five of the last six matches on Sunday.
The next stop for Murphy, who committed to Auburn last school year, will be the 118th United States Women’s Amateur Championship to be played next week at the Country Club of Charleston.
The first of two rounds of qualifying begins on Monday, Aug. 5 with the 64 lowest scorers in the field moving on to match play which begins on Wednesday.

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