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Murphy’s record-setting round highlights memorable tourney run

Posted: June 18, 2018 3:16 p.m.
Updated: June 19, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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KELLI MURPHY IS ALL SMILES after having won last week’s South Carolina Women’s Amateur Championship.

Some things, you just can’t make up.

Due to her having a broken toe, Elgin’s Kelli Murphy was forced to play last week’s South Carolina Women’s Amateur Championship wearing one golf shoe and one sandal.

It gets better. In Wednesday’s second round of the three-day tournament played over her home course, the Members Club at Woodcreek, the recent Auburn University graduate and former Tiger golf standout celebrated her 22nd birthday by shooting a women’s course record 66 --- shattering the former mark of 69 --- which included her third career hole-in-one on the 15th hole. In fact, all three of her aces have come at that hole.

On Thursday, Murphy capped her tourney stay by shooting a final round 71 for a 72-66-71=209 (-7) which gave her an 11-shot victory en route to winning the tourney championship.

The tournament was Murphy’s first time in competition after having helped Auburn to a tie for 15th place finish at the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship played in Stillwater, Okla., last month.

A second-team All-SEC selection in 2018, Murphy was also named to the SEC Community Service Team for the third time in as many years. Murphy was 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. 

 A 2014 graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School where she was a standout for Mike Robinson’s boys’ golf team, Murphy will be heading to the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in August to earn a master’s degree in business analysis.  

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