John Murphy became the only golfer to win the Munster Junior Golfer of the Year in November. Murphy picked up his second successive award from Munster Golf having also won the Boys Order of Merit. Having competed in all of the provincial events at Boys and Youths levels, Murphy gave himself every chance of performing well in the Order of Merit. He scored well in the Irish Youths and the Irish Boys which ultimately separated him from the other contenders.
Murphy was delighted to be the first golfer to win the award more than once. “It was a great honour to receive this award once, not to mind twice” said John. “This time two years ago I was playing off about five and had been pretty unsuccessful in championships, with no real status on the boys scene. I am delighted with how far I have come in the last 2 years. Winning this award twice was something that was far from my thoughts in 2014. It is great to see that the Muster GUI have acknowledged my golf with this award in the last two years, and I am very grateful for this. It is very special for me that I was the first ever person to win this award twice in a row, and I will never forget that.”
John has worked hard on his game for the past two years and he himself acknowledges the progression that he has made. “I would like to think that both 2015 and 2016 were breakthrough years for me” explained Murphy. “My confidence grew in abundance in 2015, and I realised that I was well able to compete at championships. Although I didn’t pick up a win, I had many great finishes and that really set me up for the 2016 season. I felt really confident and prepared going into the 2016 season, and I am happy that this paid off with my results.”