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Golf, grades and musical prowess makes L-Es Kelli Murphy hard to beat, on or off the course
Kelli Murphy
KELLI MURPHY HAS SOME fun on the practice green before helping the Carolinas Team defeat their counterparts from Virginia and Maryland in the 11th annual meeting between the two sides of junior golfers. - photo by Photo courtesy Carolinas Golf Association
Instead of chasing and kicking an inflated ball on a precisely measured field, Kelli Murphy decided she was better suited to smacking around a smaller ball, made out of pressurized cores coated with a urethane compound covered in dimples.To put it another way, when needing to make a decision of a sport to play, the Lugoff-Elgin High School junior hung up soccer cleats and replaced them with golf spikes. It is a move which she never regretted.Catching up with the 5-foot-2 dynamo with the ear-to-ear grin is not the easiest thing to do these days. For someone who stays busy in playing golf tournaments throughout the Southeast region, this past summer was the most harried of all for Murphy whose golf border extended to the west coast to play in the 64th United States Golf Association’s Girls’ Junior Championship.Contested over the 6,291-yard, par 71 Lake Merced Golf Club, located in northern California’s Bay area on July 16-21, the event served as what could be termed, up to this point, would have to be considered the high point in Murphy’s still-young golfing career.Murphy earned a spot in the field of 64, which competed in stroke play, by qualifying 41st in a field of 154 qualifiers from around the globe with a with a 79-78—157 (+13) over the challenging course.