Murphy Set For Third Golf Season at Oglethorpe University Following Short Sophomore Campaign, Long Offseason
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak across the United States and around the world this year, Tripp Murphy was limited to just one college golf match during the 2019-20 school year.
The Oglethorpe University sophomore did get an extra semester of college golf after the outbreak forced the cancellation of the Stormy Petrel squad's spring season.
"I'll now have 4½ years at Oglethorpe [to play golf]," Murphy said. "I played in the first tournament in the fall. The fall is more of a practice schedule, and the spring season is much more important. I wanted to focus on my classes, so I only played in one tournament [in the fall]. I had just started my classes as a business major so academics were top my priority. Unfortunately, we did not play any regular matches in the second semester."
Murphy fired a 36-hole total of 143 (72-71) to claim fifth overall at the SAA Fall Preview held Sept. 8, 2019 in Dickson, Tenn. at Greystone Golf Club. All 36 holes were played on the same day.
The Petrels did play one exhibition match against Emory University in the spring that was shortened to 27 holes due to bad weather. Murphy carded a 74 in the first 18 holes, and added a 36 for the next nine.
"We could only play 27 holes," Murphy said. "But I had the second best score on our team."
The 2019 graduate of Fellowship Christian School played in seven tournaments for Oglethorpe during his freshman season.
It was a disappointing sophomore season for Murphy.
"I was really geared up to play," he said. "My grades were good, and then they cancelled the season. It was no fun."
There was a silver lining for Murphy, however. The NCAA granted Murphy and his Division III Oglethorpe teammates an extra semester of eligibility.
"It worked out in the end," he said. "My coaches and advisors at Oglethorpe have been so helpful. They have helped me map out a plan to graduate by the time my golf eligibility ends. It's been fun at Oglethorpe. I love the area. There's a lot to do in Brookhaven."
During the extended spring and summer break, Murphy has spent more time on the golf course honing his game.
"I have been hitting the ball very well," he said. "I have tried to work on my game on the course and not so much on the range this summer. It's a different style of practice on the course than the range, but I think it will really help me this fall. I am also playing in a few tournaments this summer and working with my swing coach."
Oglethorpe starts back Sept. 8, but is scheduled to finish the semester after the Thanksgiving break.
"Normally we play about six tournaments in the fall and six in the spring," he said. "We will probably play in 3-4 this fall."
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