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Murphy ties for second at Bryan National Collegiate

Posted: April 7, 2015 11:49 a.m.
Updated: April 8, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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KELLI MURPHY FIRED the lowest round by an Auburn golfer this spring season with a 69 at last weekend’s tournament in Greensboro, N.C.

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Auburn freshman and former Lugoff-Elgin High School standout Kelli Murphy fired a final-round 69 (-3) to lead the 29th ranked Auburn women’s golf team on Sunday at the Bryan National Collegiate.

Murphy tied for runner-up honors with scores of 72-76-69=217 (+1), one shot behind tournament medalist Briana Mao of Virginia and even with Wake Forest’s Sierra Sims. Her score of 69 on Sunday tied for the low round of the tournament -- one of just four rounds in the 60s all week -- and was the best round by an Auburn player this spring.

"Kelli was solid all day," Auburn head coach Kim Evans said. "She played like a champion for 54 holes. But we had a tough day today as a whole."

As a team, Auburn earned its best finish of the spring, placing ninth overall in the 18-team field with a team score of 911 (+47). The Tigers shot 307 (+19) in Sunday’s final round at the Bryan Park Champions Course.

Murphy recorded five birdies with just two bogeys in her final round. Trailing Mao by four shots entering the day, she started out with birdies at the third and sixth holes to get to 2-under for the day, then made the turn at 1-under after a bogey at the seventh. Back-to-back birdies at 10 and 11 got her to 3-under and a tie for the lead. Mao birdied the 14th to move ahead by one shot, but Murphy answered with birdie at 15 to pull back even. The pair were tied for the lead headed to the 18th, but Mao would make par while Murphy bogeyed to leave her one shot back.

Virginia captured the team title in a two-hole playoff after matching Wake Forest at 36-over for the week.

While at L-E, Murphy was a four-time All-State selection while playing for the boys’ team. A 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur qualifier, she advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2012 USGA Girls’ Junior championship. She is also a four-time Columbia Women’s City Tournament champion.

Auburn will join the other 13 Southeastern Conference teams in two weeks at the 2015 SEC Championship, which takes place April 17-19 at Greystone Golf & Country Club in Hoover, Ala.

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