Waynesboro Country Club golf teaching pro, Kathy Murphy, was recently chosen in the 2020 inductee class of the LPGA Golf Professionals Hall of Fame.
Although Murphy, 68, is new to the WCC she brings with her experience from prominent golf courses across the country from Vermont to Arizona and Florida to Baltimore. She is an LPGA Master Professional who was the resident golf professional at Palm-Aire Country Club in Sarasota, Fla. and the head professional at The Plantation Golf & CC in Venice, Florida where in 1989, she hosted the LPGA Professionals National Championship.
“I was thrilled to be the head pro at Plantation Country Club for many years but working at Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Arizona in 1995 which was the home of Arizona State University golf teams, is where I got hooked up with the Phoenix crowd and that really boosted my knowledge and skills,” Murphy explained. “The other two members of our 2020 hall of fame class, we actually worked together on LPGA projects and our own coaching programs; ASU had such a great reputation for elite players and aspiring touring professionals.”
Murphy first picked up a club during her high school years. “I played junior golf during high school but even then, there weren’t any high school golf teams available, Murphy recalled. “Even when I went to college there were few women’s golf programs.”
Dealing with a lack of golf programs, Murphy studied to be a teacher at Miami University, Oxford, OH, still embracing her love of education. “I loved golf so much, looking back I found a way to put the two together just by teaching 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,” Murphy said. “Entering the LPGA Professionals Hall of Fame is the pinnacle of my career and an honor that I will always cherish. It will be a big part of my life from here on out.”
For Murphy, golf isn’t just a sport, but a tool to teach life lessons to players both young and old. “There is no question that your skills in the game are only going to be as good as your thought process. Enjoy the good shots but don’t get too excited while learning to let go of the not so good ones,” Murphy said. “The whole idea of making decisions, committing to them and maintaining good self-talk while playing are all skills that are used in daily life. There are so many lessons that can be learned on the course.”
While discussing Murphy’s achievement, WCC General Manager Steve Glossinger shared his thoughts on having Murphy in Waynesboro. “We are honored to have her here, I mean, we have a hall-of-famer here at the club. This is just as big as it gets; she is very humble about it too and that speaks volumes.”
Murphy added, “I’m thrilled to be here and this is a terrific club, there are some really passionate golfers out here,” she said. “The golf course is really special, it’s challenging but fair and its always in great condition. The golf course is really what invites the members to be active on the course and improve their games.”
Murphy played an instrumental role in the development and curriculum of the LPGA Global Education and Certification Programs. She has also served as the chairperson of the research/education advisory board for 10 years, and 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, and 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 Addition, Murphy has served as the assistant women’s golf coach at Gettysburg College since 2012. She has also been awarded the LPGA’s National Club Professional of the Year (1988), The LPGA’s National Teacher of the Year (2001) and was named the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award recipient in 2013.
A formal induction ceremony is scheduled to take place next fall during the LPGA conference in Nashville, Tennessee. “We will have to see whether it is in person or on Zoom,” Murphy said