DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Gettysburg College women’s golf assistant coach Kathy Murphy was recently added to the LPGA Professionals Hall of Fame in recognition of her four-plus decades of service as an outstanding educator in the sport.
Murphy, who has worked with the Gettysburg golfers since the fall of 2012, is one of three inductees in the 2020 class, joining Linda Vollstedt and Debbie Crews.
An LPGA Master Life Professional, Murphy put together a lengthy career as one of the nation’s top teachers prior to joining the Bullets. She was the Resident Professional at the Palm Aire Country Club in Sarasota, Fla., from 1978 to 1981 and later served as the Head Professional at The Plantation Golf & Country Club in Venice, Fla., where in 1989, she hosted the LPGA Professionals National Championship.
Murphy has been a full-time teaching professional since 1993 with stops at the Bumble Bee Hollow Golf Center in Mechanicsburg, Pa., the Bonnie View Country Club in Baltimore, and the Arizona State University Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. While in Arizona, she also served as a volunteer coach with the Sun Devils’ women’s golf team from 1998 to 2001. Murphy currently serves as an instructor at the Penn National Golf Center in Fayetteville, Pa., and the Waynesboro Country Club in Waynesboro, Pa.
Since joining the Gettysburg staff in 2012, Murphy has helped the women’s golf team achieve unparalleled success. The Bullets have won the Centennial Conference title each season under her watchful eye in addition to making six consecutive appearances at the NCAA Division III Championship from 2014 to 2019. Since Murphy arrived, Gettysburg has featured five CC Players of the Year, two CC Rookies of the Year, and 18 all-conference first-team performers.
For over two decades, Murphy was instrumental in the development and curriculum of the LPGA Global Education and Certification Programs. She personally conducted over 100 education and training programs around the country and in South Korea. Murphy served as Chairperson of the Research/Education Advisory Board for 10 years, where she met with teachers, LPGA Evaluators and researchers from within and outside the industry to ensure that the LPGA’s education programs remained relevant to members and contributed to the growth of new golfers.
Murphy has contributed to the promotion and growth of junior golf, beginning as a Board Member of the Greater Sarasota Golf Association and then as a contributing writer for the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf program, as well as Phoenix Director of the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Future Stars Program.
Murphy served as an officer in the Southeast Section and President of the Northeast Section, as well as presented at numerous LPGA Sectional and National Seminars. She has been recognized for her teaching and leadership skills by Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, Golf for Women Magazine and other various publications including the USGA Journal. In 2010, she was named one of the top 50 Best Teachers by the LPGA and Golf Digest and in 2013, she was awarded the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award, which recognizes a male or female golf teacher who has made a major contribution to the teaching of golf and who emulates Griffin’s spirit, love and dedication to students, teachers, teaching skills and the game of golf.
“It has been my sincere privilege to participate in the LPGA for more than 40 years – energized by and grateful for the vision of our LPGA Founders, the many dedicated colleagues and enthusiastic students I have met along the way,” said Murphy. “Entering the LPGA Professionals Hall of Fame is the pinnacle of my career and an honor that I will always cherish. Besides being motivated and inspired by all the amazing women who have previously been inducted into the Hall of Fame, I couldn’t be happier and more excited to share this honor with my mentors and valued friends, Linda Vollstedt and Dr. Debbie Crews. I am so very proud of the continued efforts and success of our LPGA members to promote and grow the game of golf.”Print Friendly Version