Kinsale’s John Murphy picked up his maiden collegiate victory as the University of Louisville men’s golf team dominated the field to win the Bearcat Invitational at Coldstream Country Club.
The Corkonian, who won the Mullingar Scratch Cup before heading back across the Atlantic for the Autumn college calendar, put together an outstanding final round by shooting a personal best 63, including four birdies and a pair of eagles. He scored eagles on No, 4 and No. 10 to put together one of the best rounds in the school’s history.
“Fun week in Cincinnati!” he tweeted.
“Great to get an individual win at -17. Shoutout to the boys for a great team performance!! Thank you for all the support, hopefully, more to come.”
The Cardinals shot a 37-under-par to defeat Arkansas, the SEC defending champion, by 26 strokes. It was the first tournament win for the Cardinals since capturing the Old Town Club Collegiate in Winston-Salem during the fall season last year.
Louisville and Arkansas were the only two teams to finish under par this week. The Cardinals had four players finish among the top eight to win the event with a score of 815 (-37).
Murphy won his first tournament title in impressive fashion with a score of 196 (-17) and teammate Matthias Schmid was second at 199 (-14). Kentucky finished third, 13 strokes behind Arkansas, with a total of 854 (+2). Penn State (855 and host Cincinnati (859) rounded out the top five.
“It was a championship performance,” head coach Mark Crabtree said. “It was one of the best performances in school history.
“John was able to capture his first tournament title with a final round of 63. Matthias finished second with a 65, while Keegan de Lange was fourth and Trevor Johnson placed eighth. It was an outstanding team effort and I’m just so happy for my team.”
Keegan de Lange finished the day at 5-under-par with a 66 and placed in a tie for fourth place, Trevor Johnson was just as solid with an eighth-place finish overall after shooting 3-under-par for the two days,
Jiri Zuska and Oughterard’s Devin Morley gave the Cardinals six players in the top 25 by shooting a 3-over-par 216.
The Cardinals return to the course on Oct. 11-13 at the Bank of Tennessee.