One of the team's top golfers...Earned first career All-America honor with a tie for 15th finish at the NCAA Championship with a total of 208 (-2), the lowest 54-hole NCAA Championship total in school history...Also garnered PING Honorable Mention All-America honors...Earned a spot in the lineup in all 12 events and recorded five top-20 finishes, including two top-five showings...Ranked third on the team with a stroke average of 72.63, which is the lowest in a single season by a junior in school history...Led team with a tie for fifth finish at the SEC Championship with a career-low total of 205 (-5)...Matched career-low with a 66 (-4) in the opening round of the SEC Championship...Turned in a season-best fourth-place finish at the Seahawk Intercollegiate, finishing fourth with a 36-hole total of 140 (-4)...Finished tied for 11th at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate with a total of 214 (-2)...Tied for the team lead with 16 rounds of par or better...Won two prestigious amateur events, claiming the Azalea Invitational and Sunnehanna Amateur titles...Member of the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll.
2012-13 Solid contributor in six team events...Ranked fourth on the team in scoring with an average of 74.00...Recorded three top-20 finishes in team events...Finished tied for 15th in his first event of the season, the Rees Jones Invitational, with rounds of 76-75-76=227 (+11)...Played his best tournament of the season at the Bayou City Collegiate Championship, tying for eighth place with rounds of 72-69-73=214 (-2)...Turned in a second straight top-20 finish with a tie for 19th showing at the USF Invitational with rounds of 73-70-76=219 (+3)...Also played in the Savannah Quarters Individual and finished runner-up with a total of 211 (-5), including a career-low 66 in the second round.
2011-12 Became one of the top freshmen in the SEC...Competed in nine of 12 tournaments...Tallied one top-20 finish...Ranked fourth on the team with a stroke average of 73.88...Came on strong in the spring after playing only one tournament in the fall...Opened 2012 with a tie for 21st finish at the Seahawk Invitational with rounds of 78-73-72=223 (+7)...Posted career-best tie for 11th finish the following week at the Palmetto Intercollegiate, shooting 76-68-72=216 (+6)...Second-round 68 was a career low...Tied for 37th at the SEC Championship (72-73-73=218) and wrapped up the season in a tie for 48th at the NCAA Southwest Regional (79-74-76=229)...Carded seven rounds of par or better.
PRIOR TO SOUTH CAROLINA Graduated from A.C. Flora High School...Helped lead A.C. Flora to state titles in 2008, 2010 and 2011...All-State in 2009 and 2010...Five-time All-Region performer...Won the Georgia-South Carolina Cup in 2011...Made it to the U.S. Junior Amateur round of 32 in 2009 and carded a 67 in first round of stroke play...Carolinas match play runner-up as a 14-year-old in the 18 and under division in 2007...Finished in the top eight at the South Carolina Junior Amateur (2010) and Carolinas Junior (2009)...Won the Florence Junior in 2010...Sixth-ranked player in South Carolina in 2010 according to Polo Golf rankings...Also lettered in cross country...Vice President of the FCA...Member of the National Honor Society...Awarded South Carolina Scholar Athlete of the Year.
PERSONAL Full name is William Butler Murphy...Born May 12, 1993...Parents are J.R. and Aimee Murphy...Father, J.R., lettered in soccer at South Carolina in 1979-80...Chose South Carolina over Furman and Wofford...Major is business management.