Top ten for Murphy in US Season Opener

South of Ireland 2019

John Murphy

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.

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Murphy helps Cardinals to NCAA Finals

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John Murphy in action at the NCAA Regionals today (Pic: @UofLMGolf/Twitter)

“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.

 

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North Carolina now home for Aaron O’Callaghan

Aaron O'Callaghan who recently beacme Associate Head Coach in Wake Forest.After over a decade in the America, Aaron O’Callaghan Made another big career over the summer, taking up the position of Associate Head Coach at Wake Forest.  After four years with the Cardinals at University of Louisville, the Douglas native headed for North Carolina to coach with Wake Forest.  The Deacons are ranked as a top 25 college in the NCAA Division One golf rankings, playing in the top level of college golf.  Head Coach Jerry Hass, brother of tour star Jay Haas, has led the Deacons golf programme for over two decades.  He joined Wake Forest 20 years ago and rebuilt the golf programme, winning 15 conference titles and 15 individual wins over that period.  The ranking and legacy of success at Wake Forest makes O’Callaghan’s move a great career choice, and with a strong player roster hopes are high that Aaron can add to the results that have repositioned Wake Forest.  “Dan Walters [Associate Coach in Wake Forest] had a business opportunity that was going to take them out of college coaching” explained O’Callaghan, who initially qualified as a PGA Professional after college.  “As a result both he and Head Coach Jerry Haas reached out to me to see if I was interested in the position. I have had a relationship with Coach Haas over the last four years since I’ve been in college golf.  I have always respected and admired him.”  Haas is a former tour pro, and brother of Jay Haas.  Ireland’s Paul Mc Bride recently graduated from Wake Forest and soon after turned pro, he’ll be one of several Irish golfers to tee it up at the European Tour Qualifying School later this month.  Alex Fitzpatrick, brother of tour star Matt Fitzpatrick is currently in his second year with the Deacons.

Aaron hit the ground running when he joined Wake Forest a few week ago, with several scouting trips in addition to several other pre-season duties.  “Yes, I have been very busy since I started on July 1st.  I have been to Baltusrol, Valhalla, and Pebble Beach for recruiting, just to name a few.  At Wake Forest we are recruiting the very best junior players in the world.  My role will include structuring practice, scheduling, operations of the program, playing with and instructing the team, recruiting, and connecting with donors.”  Last week the Deacons played in their first event of the season in Louisville, starting brightly with a record setting opening team score of 268, certainly a Continue reading