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Murphy closes CGA junior career in style

Posted: May 6, 2014 1:55 p.m.
Updated: May 7, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Kelli Murphy, a Lugoff-Elgin senior, finished her Carolinas junior career in style by winning the ninth annual Vicki DiSantis Girls’ Championship hosted by Pine Island Country Club in Charlotte on Sunday.
A member of the Demons’ golf team and an Auburn University signee, Murphy shot rounds of 71-74 to beat out Siranon Shomee of Sanford, N.C., by one stroke, 145-146.
“Words can’t describe how honored and excited I am to win one of my final junior tournaments,” said Murphy.
With the winds swirling late in the day, the two time Carolinas Junior Girls’ Champion was able to manage her way around the back nine in 1-under par, “that wind was crazy out there...I just tried to hit greens, tried to lag putts and make par,” Murphy said. An emotional Murphy thanked her parents and the community of girls that she has met throughout her junior career, “they’ve become a second family out here,” she said.
Shomee, a high school sophomore, finished in solo second after firing a tournament low 68 in the final round of the two-day tournament.
Future Virginia Cavalier, Anna Redding of Concord, N.C., finished alone in third with a total score of 148. Defending North Carolina Junior Girls’ Player of the Year, Emilia Migliaccio of Cary, N.C., finished tied for fourth with Bahama, N.C.’s Jessica Spicer. Reona Hirai from Summerville, the 2013 Carolinas Junior Girls Player of the Year, finished six shots back of Murphy to finish in solo sixth.
This annual junior girls’ championship is conducted by the Carolinas Golf Association in honor of Mrs. Vicki DiSantis of Pinehurst, N.C., for her many years of dedication and service to junior girls’ golf in the Carolinas.

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