John Murphy was back in college golf action last week for the first time in ten months, but the Kinsale golfer has kept himself busy. After working hard in Cork for the summer he travelled back to America last August, and he was determined to make to most of his extension as a student in University Louisville. Murphy was a Senior last year but the cancellation of the second half of the season gave him another opportunity to compete in the 2021 NCAA college golf schedule. It was a big decision to return in August, when many European based golfers chose to stay at home, but it paid off for Murphy, providing him with the weather and the facilities to improve his game. “I felt as though the semester was really productive. As always, I am just trying to learn and grow as much as possible as a player, and being in this environment certainly allowed me to do that. I was able to compete with the world’s best Continue reading
John Murphy has won a major US college golf award, he was confirmed as the winner of the prestigious Byron Nelson Award. Three weeks ago Murphy was shortlisted as one of the three finalists and late on Thursday evening he was announced as the winner. The Byron Nelson Award is awarded based on the winners golfing and academic performance as well as their character. Although his senior year was cut short, the win was a great boost for the Kinsale man.
“I am still overawed to have been honoured with this award and to have my name mentioned in the same sentence as Byron Nelson,” said Murphy. “To be recognised for what I do both on and off the golf course is incredible and I am so grateful that the committee put their faith in me. I feel incredibly lucky Continue reading
11 days and it was all over. On the 13th March the NCAA announced the cancellation of the college golf season, and by the 24th John Murphy was on a plane heading home. Instead of heading to Sawgrass CC in Florida for the second last regular season tournament, John Murphy was headed home. Although he had planned to sit things out in Louisville, the fear of missing a summer of golf in Ireland was part of the decision to come home, and after three years in the University of Louisville, college life looked like it was over for the Kinsale man. The plans to compete in the NCAA Regionals and the NCAA Championships were gone, the exams and graduation plans were changed, and an important trip to Louisville for his parents Carmel and Owen were all cancelled. While the wider public health issues are far more important, it was a crushing blow for Murphy who was having a really strong season. Murphy had two individual wins on the Division One circuit and three team wins. It was a great season for Murphy in many respects. He comfortably maintained his ranking in the WAGR top 150 and he came back to Cork with his head high, happy that he had seen more improvements in his game in his final year.
“My senior year certainly filled me with confidence” explained Murphy. “It was great to be recognized on a national stage and I had a lot of fun on the golf course and continued to learn and grow as a player. I had certainly put in some good work the last few years and put myself in a Continue reading
Kinsale’s John Murphy got his final US College semester off to a good start with a top five finish in his first tournament. Murphy was competing in Alabama in the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate and shot impressive rounds of 69, 70, 69 in his way to an eight under par finish for the event. Murphy’s Cardinals finished in third place in the team competition, again continuing their good form from the fall series. Murphy now has five more events in the next two months before his Cardinals team head for the play-offs. Murphy was ranked inside top 100 in the US college rankings and this was his fourth top ten Continue reading
Kinsale’s John Murphy was back Cork for a few weeks in December, and the Kentucky based golfer took a well deserved break after a busy few months on the course. After 30 plus tournaments in 2019 John took advantage of the winter break to recharge with family and friends in Kinsale. Having used the 2018 Christmas break to practice in Australia, John took a different angle this year with an extended break at home.
“The last few weeks were very different to my normal schedule,” said Murphy. “Apart from having to study for my finals a lot, I had a lot of time to spend with friends and family which I don’t normally get to do, so I really enjoyed it. I took a couple weeks away from golf just to recharge. “Towards the Continue reading
Kanturk’s Mairead Martin took second place in the Cardinal Cup as University of Louisville Womens Golf earned their first win of the season. Playing as hosts on their home course, Louisville beat the field by eight strokes to come home in style. Mairead was the best placed Louisville golfer, with rounds of 68, 73, 69 to finish on -6.
Now playing in her second year in Louisville, this was her best finish in a college tournament. “It was a really great weekend,” Martin said. “I felt really comfortable out here and I enjoyed it a lot. I felt really proud of my performance, and especially the team’s performance this weekend as well.” She finished in second place, two shots off the lead on 210. She carded a final-round 3-under-par 69, which included four birdies, as all of them came on the back nine. Martin led the tournament in par-3 scoring, finishing with a 2.83 average and 2-under-par. She was also second in par-4 scoring with a 3.87 average.
“It was an unbelievable day,” head coach Whitney Young said. “The team really came together. Everyone contributed this week, and today especially. They just kept fighting and making birdies. To be able to have my first team victory as Continue reading
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.
John Murphy opened his 2019/20 college season with a flourish last weekend, scooping a top ten finish in the opening tournament of the year. Murphy shot rounds of 71, 66, 76 in the Roy Myers Invitational which took place at Duke University. Four birdies and three bogies made up Murphy’s opening round on Saturday morning, and later that day he returned a blistering 66 which tied the lowest score of the tournament. The 66 got off to a steady start, the Louisville golfer was level par after four with two birdies and two bogies. A birdie four on the ninth saw him turn on one under. He had a hot hand on the back nine though, he was five under for the five holes from the 11th to the 15th. That included three birdies and an eagle as he finished the back nine with three pars to sign for a six under score.
That 66 in the second round saw Murphy lead the event going Continue reading
It’s almost twelve months on from where it all kicked off. The St Andrew’s Links Trophy 2018 was when John Murphy had his first major win, and the Kinsale man has kicked on with a great season with University of Louisville in NCAA Division One college. Today he kicks on with his first appearance at the Brabazon Trophy, the English Strokeplay championship. From there it’s onto St Andrew’s to defend his Links trophy, and from there it will be a mixture of Irish, English and European events as the seasons builds towards August. Murphy has the added benefit of being named in the extended Walker Cup panel, and although he missed out on a few early season events in England, he’s now on the right side of the Atlantic for the selectors to see what he can do. Twelve months ago it’s was a sudden death play-off that decided the winner of the St Andrews Links. Given Murphy’s experience in matchplay situations going back to when he was under 15 it was no Continue reading
“That was a grind” – that was the first reaction from a smiling John Murphy after finishing his final round at the NCAA Regionals in Louisville. But it was a very positive finish as two birdies on 16 and 17, and a long par putt on 18 from Murphy proved to be crucial as his University of Louisville side qualified for the NCAA National Championships earlier this evening. Murphy finished the 54 hole tournament tied for 12th place on -2, and his finish ensured that the Cardinals finished in the top five and now go though to the final stage of the college season. Overnight the Cardinals were in fifth place, with a six shot cushion over their nearest challenger. At the turn though it was a different story with the Louisville holding the last qualifying spot by just one shot. Murphy was level par for his first nine but dropped three shots in the next five holes. At that stage it was getting tight, but the third year student was two under for his final four holes which helped the Cardinals go through to the nationals for just the fourth time in their history. In the end they took fourth place as other teams dropped shots on the closing holes.
The Cardinals were playing on their home Continue reading