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Murphy garners SEC honors as Auburn heads to NCAA tourney

Posted: May 14, 2018 1:05 p.m.
Updated: May 15, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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KELLI MURPHY CONTINUES to make an impact both on and off the golf course at Auburn University with her charitable endeavors earning SEC Community Service honors for the Lugoff-Elgin High School graduate.

AUBURN, Ala. ---  Auburn senior Kelli Murphy was honored by the Southeastern Conference as the league announced its annual women’s golf awards Thursday. 

Murphy was named to the All-SEC Second Team and also to the SEC Community Service Team. 

Murphy, a 2014 graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School where she was a standout for Mike Robinson’s Demons’ golf team, has been one of Auburn’s steadiest players throughout her career and during her senior year. She entered the postseason with a season scoring average of 73.33, the best of her career, which currently ranks 10th all-time at Auburn for a single season. She has recorded a team-best 12 rounds at even par or better this season and has two top-10 finishes and four top-20 showings this year. 

For her career, Murphy has appeared in every team event over her four years at Auburn and has a 74.68 career scoring average, eighth-best in Auburn history. 

Off the course, Murphy earned her third straight nod for the SEC Community Service Team. Murphy has been part of Auburn’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee all four years and coordinated the golf team’s participation in community service events. She led women’s golf to a second-place finish among Auburn teams in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive in Lee County. 

She also assisted in stuffing backpacks for the Jason Dufner Foundation, and she coordinated the “GIVE HOPE” philanthropy for Auburn’s home tournament, the Evans Derby Experience. She has also been named a WGCA All-America Scholar and to the SEC Academic Honor Roll three straight years. 

Murphy’s All-SEC selection marks the 62nd such honor for an Auburn women’s golfer and the first since 2014. 

Murphy, Auburn head to NCAA Championships: Four Tigers recorded final rounds at even par or better Wednesday, leading the 19th-ranked Auburn women’s golf team to a tie for third place at the NCAA Austin Regional and a berth in the NCAA Championships which open later this week.

The Tigers shot 286 (-2) as a team in the final round at the UT Golf Club, one of just three team rounds under par on the day, and finished at 869 (+5) for the week, nine shots clear of the cut line to head to the finals in Stillwater, Okla.

It will be Auburn’s 17th all-time appearance at the NCAA Championships and their first since 2013. For the Tigers’ seniors, a trip to nationals has been a long time coming.

Murphy shot a final-round 78 to go along with 72-73 in her first two rounds, finishing in a tie for 42nd place.

The Tigers will join Arkansas, Texas, Florida, Baylor and Oklahoma as the six advancing teams from the Austin Regional. Arkansas claimed the regional title at 26-under.

The NCAA Championships begin Friday, May 18, at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. Stroke play for the 24 advancing teams runs Friday through Sunday then, the field is cut to the top 15 teams for the final round of stroke play on Monday. Following that, the top eight remaining teams square off in match play on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 22-23.

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