It was an eventful spring for Auburn University sophomore and former Lugoff-Elgin standout Kelli Murphy.
On Tuesday, Murphy was named an All-American Scholar by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA). That honor came on the heels of her being named to the 2016 SEC Community Service Team and her earning her way onto the 2016 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll, which is based on grades from the 2015 summer, 2015 fall and 2016 spring terms
As for her most recent honor, Murphy was one of 828 golfers nationwide to receive the recognition from the WGCA. It marked her second-straight recognition as an All-America Scholar. She is the eighth different Auburn golfer to be named an All-America Scholar since 1995, and this marks the ninth straight season for an Auburn golfer to receive the award. Golfers were required to have a minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA to be considered.
Murphy, a 2014 L-E graduate, finished the 2015-16 season with a 76.88 scoring average and was Auburn’s top finisher in three events.
Murphy’s contributions to her college and local communities did not go unnoticed by the SEC. She worked with numerous community service efforts over the past year. She spent time volunteering along with the team with the Blessings in a Backpack initiative, and spent time with the Women’s Hope Outreach, Children’s Christmas Pageant and Camden’s Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Outreach. She was also involved with Atria Assisted Living, Haddie’s Home Sport Life Coaching and volunteered at the Walter Crowe Animal Shelter in Camden.
Murphy became the second Lugoff-Elgin graduate in three years to be selected to the SEC Community Service Team. In 2014, rising USC senior volleyball player and former Lady Demon volleyball standout Megan Kirkland was named to the prestigious team.
In the 2015-16 season at Auburn, Murphy’s best finish of the season came at season-opening Cougar Classic in September, where she tied for 17th with scores of 73-73-74=220 (+4). She also earned Auburn’s top finish at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic in March, posting 79-79-75=233 (+17) to tie for 34th before being the Tigers’ top scorer at the SEC Championship with rounds of 74-77-75=226 (+10), tying for 31st.
A participant after having qualified for the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur, Murphy was the SEC Freshman of the Week in 2015 en route to being named to the SEC All-Freshman Team. She was runner-up at the Bryan National Collegiate, shooting 72-76-69=217 (+1), one shot out of the lead, as a freshman and tied for 36th at SEC Championship with 78-74-73=225 (+9). She shot 75-76-71=222 (+6) at NCAA San Antonio Regional to tie for 54th. At season’s end, Murphy was voted onto the SEC All-Freshman Team.
A four-time all-state selection at L-E, where she played on the boys’ team for head coach Mike Robinson, Murphy qualified for 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur. She competed at 2012 and 2013 U.S. Girls’ Junior, reaching the quarterfinals in 2012. A four-time Columbia Women’s City champion, she was junior medalist at 2012 Women’s TRANS National Amateur and was the 2011 and 2013 Carolina Junior Girls Champion while being Carolina Junior Girls Runner-Up in 2012. She was also tabbed as the 2012 Carolinas Golf Association Junior Player of the Year. Murphy was also named Golfweek Junior Player of the Week in August 2011.