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Murphy Shoots 59 at East Bay to Win Karl Tucker Memorial
By Megan Terry
To put it simply, Pat Murphy had the round of his life during Wednesday’s Karl Tucker Memorial Amateur at East Bay Golf Course in Provo. In fact, the number he posted almost reflected the number of years he has had a life. One more birdie and Murph would have shot his age, 58 years old. Still, thirteen birdies and zero bogeys is nothing to be disappointed about. His 59 earned him the win by seven strokes, and second place shot a notable six-under-par 66.
“When I sunk the 22-footer for birdie on the eighteenth green, my playing partners and I went nuts! Everyone around the clubhouse stopped what they were doing and watched. It was one of the most exciting yet relaxing rounds of my life.”
Murphy credits Steven Croft and Jaece Stokes for helping him stay focused while also keeping the round light and fun. Croft shot the 66 to claim the runner-up title, and Stokes carded a four-under-par 68. Both played impressive rounds when compared to golf on planet Earth, but when you compare six and four under to an “out of this world” 13 under par, six and four end up looking rather ordinary.
“I’ve been dreaming about this round for years,” said Murphy. “I didn’t have a single tap-in for birdie the whole day, but I didn’t miss a putt within 15 feet. I hit all 18 greens in regulation, hit three of the Par 5’s in two, and had 26 putts. It was a dream come true!”
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