MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala.- Coker sophomore Jake Murphy (Hamilton, N.J.) was named a Division II PING First Team All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America on Wednesday following his third place finish at the 2011 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf National Championship. Murphy shot an even par 72 in the third and final round of stroke play putting him at three-under-par for the tournament (213).
Just one stroke off the leader, Kyle Souza (-4, 212) of Chico State, Murphy and four other golfers all tied for the third, while Daniel Young of Lynn University placed second after losing a three-hole playoff with Souza.
Along with Murphy seven other players were named to the Division II PING First Team All-American Team: Abilene Christian’s Cyril Bouniol and Alex Carpenter, Lynn’s Ricardo Gouveia and Jose Joia, Cal State Monterey Bay’s John Jackson, Chico State’s Souza and Barry’s Daniel Stapff.
Murphy’s third place finish is the highest finish at the National Championship by any Coker golfer in school history.