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14-Year-Old Wins City Golf Title

1:19 AM, Jun 18, 2010   |    comments
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(Columbia/WLTX) --- Kelli Murphy hasn't even started high school at Lugoff-Elgin, but she's already made her mark at the school by playing on the golf team. L-E doesn't field a girls team, which gave Kelli the chance to play with the boys.

On Thursday, the 14-year-old saw her game rise to another level as she won the Sonic Women's City Golf Championship by one shot over 2008 champion Maureen Dunnagan.

Murphy shot a 2-over-par 74 in the final round, leaving her at minus-1 for the three-day tournament.

This was Murphy's third appearance in this tournament. At 12, her first city tournament saw her finish in the middle of the field. Last year, Murphy was third, giving her some confidence going into this week's event at the Fort Jackson Golf Club.

The rising freshman led by two at the final home, but a bogey left her with a one-stroke victory. Dunnagan would have had a chance to force a playoff if she had made her birdie putt on 18. Instead, Dunnagan settled for par and watched Murphy seal it by making the short putt for bogey.

Dunnagan's high school career has been highlighted by an individual title this past season, which was part of the sixth straight state championship at Lexington High School.  Dunnagan will be playing at N.C. State next season, while Murphy will begin her freshman year at Lugoff-Elgin High School.

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