Kinsale’s Murphy in the mix for 2020 Byron Nelson Award

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Kinsale’s John Murphy has been named amongst three finalists for the 2020 Byron Nelson Award presented by Srixon/Cleveland Golf.

The Louisville senior has been recognised alongside Baylor’s Colin Kober and Georgia Tech’s Tyler Strafaci.

“It is with great pride that we at Srixon/Cleveland Golf once again have the honour of recognizing the finalists for the Byron Nelson Award,” said Rodney McDonald of Srixon/Cleveland Golf.

“The three young men who are our finalists this year exemplify what Byron stood for on the golf course, in the classroom and most importantly, in his community.”

Nelson Award candidates must be a graduating senior while the selection committee takes into consideration the player’s entire collegiate academic and golf career, as well as his character and integrity.

Murphy captured last year’s Mullingar Scratch trophy before carrying that momentum back across the Atlantic to his Cardinal team.

He boasts a career scoring average of 71.98 and earned two individual wins this season for Louisville. A Ping All-Region selection in 2019 and 2020, 2020 Ping Honourable Mention All-American and ACC-All Academic Team selection, Murphy helped in the community at the Franciscan Kitchen of Louisville, the Open Adult Wheelchair Basketball event for the Metro Parks Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation division, as well as the local Salvation Army.

Murphy’s two wins came at the Bearcat Invitational and the Dorado Beach Invitational. He posted the team’s top stroke average at 69.59 over the season with four other top-five finishes and three in the top-10.

Over a four-year career at Baylor, Kober earned a 72.99 career scoring average, 11th-best in school history. A 2019 Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar, 2019 Big-12 Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the year and the 2018 and 2019 NCAA Elite 90 Award winner, Kober served in the community at the Waco Habitat for Humanity and Feed My Starving Children.

Strafaci’s 71.60 career scoring average is good enough for sixth all-time in Georgia Tech history. A three-time Ping All-Region selection and Ping Honorable Mention All-American in 2020, Strafaci regularly serves with the EXCEL Program at Georgia Tech, a four-year program offered to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He also mentors junior golfers in the summer and participates in the Michael Isenhour Toy Drive each fall.


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