John Murphy claimed his first win on US soil today, winning the Bearcat Invitational in Coldstream Country Club. His 54 hole total of -17 (196) was a result of three rounds in the 60’s. Murphy finished his summer with a win in the Mullingar Scratch Cup, and he continued his good form with an impressive start to the college season. Yesterday he shot rounds of 67 and 66 to lead the tournament on nine under, and there was no let up today. A birdie on the second was followed by an eagle three on the fourth hole, and another birdie on the sixth saw him turn on four under. Another eagle followed on the tenth and he went par, birdie, bogey, birdie to get to -7 on the 14th green. A final birdie on the 18th saw him sign for a 63 on the par 71, 7,111 yard course. It was Murphy’s lowest competition score, beating the several impressive scores he posted on his home course in Kinsale over the summer. The 17 under total contained 17 birdies and two eagles, and beat his previous 54 hole score of -15 from Hawaii when he finished in second place.
Murphy’s Louisville Cardinals also won the team event, with the first second and eighth places, Louisville finished on -37, an amazing 26 shots ahead of second placed Arkansas. The Cardinals have a break next week before they are back in action in Tennessee in the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate.