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Murphy first Auburn golfer to be four-time All-American Scholar

Posted: July 9, 2018 3:14 p.m.
Updated: July 10, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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KELLI MURPHY

AUBURN, Ala. --- Elgin’s Kelli Murphy, who finished her Auburn women’s golf career this past spring, was named a 2017-18 All-American Scholar by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association, the WGCA announced Tuesday.

Murphy became the first player in Auburn history to be a four-time selection as a WGCA All-American Scholar. It marks the 11th straight season that at least one Auburn golfer has received the award. Golfers were required to have a minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA to be considered.

Murphy was the Tigers’ top player in scoring average for the 2017-18 season, finishing with a 73.55 average for the year. She finished her career having played in all 42 team events over her four seasons and with a career scoring average of 74.67, which ranks eighth in Auburn history. She earned her degree from Auburn in communications in May. 

Murphy, who helped Auburn to a tie for 15th place in the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship played in Stillwater, Okla., in May, followed that by winning the South Carolina Women’s Amateur Championship 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. 

Murphy 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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