Nov. 13, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn women's golf team has signed Kelli Murphy and Sophia Schubert to National Letters of Intent, head coach Kim Evans announced Wednesday. The duo will join the Tigers for the 2014-15 season.
"We are really excited about Kelli and Sophia coming in and joining the Auburn family," said Evans. "They are both great players and bring a lot to the table. They are excellent students, hard workers and we couldn't be more excited to have them."
Murphy, a native of Elgin, S.C., comes to the Tigers from Lugoff-Elgin High School where she is one of the top-ranked junior golfers in South Carolina. A four-time All-State selection, she has played on her high school's boy's golf team the last four years and was co-captain the last two seasons. She also competed this year in the North/South All-Star Cup Matches.
"Kelli is one of the best players in South Carolina," said Evans. "She is very hard working, very consistent and an excellent student. Kelli is a very diligent player and it shows across the board in everything she does in her life. She comes from a great family and we are excited to have her apart of the Auburn Family now."
Murphy was a qualifier for the 2013 United States Women's Amateur, along with the 2012 and 2013 United States Junior Girls Championship. She reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Girls Junior in 2012. She was also the recipient of the Dorothy Pease Junior Medalist Trophy for the 2012 Women's Trans National Amateur.
When playing in her home state, she has twice won the Carolina Junior Girls Championship (2011 and 2013), and was the runner-up in 2012. Murphy was named the 2012 Carolinas Golf Association Junior Player of the Year and was named to the 2011 All-Carolinas Team. She represented the Carolinas Team for the Mid-Atlantic Challenges, the Carolina-Georgia matches and the Canadian-American matches.
Murphy represented the United States in 2009 and 2010 in the U.S. Kids' Golf World Cup Team matches. She is also a three-time winner of the Columbia Women's City Championship (2010, 2011 and 2012) and is the youngest player ever to win the tournament.
"I chose Auburn because it's the right place for me for many reasons," said Murphy. "The golf program and facilities are the best I've seen, and I'm excited about playing for the team. I'll be able to major in Communications and minor in Marketing at a top-ranked university. There is a strong campus ministry in place that will support me and help me along my faith journey through college. I love the school spirit, the Tiger pride, and the sense of family that make Auburn special."
Schubert, a native of Oak Ridge, Tenn., comes to Auburn from the Christian Academy of Knoxville. A 2012 Rolex Junior All-American, she is a three-time PrepXtra Masters Champion and was selected as the 2011 PrepXtra Player of the Year.
"Sophia is a real proven player at the American Junior Golf Association level," said Evans. "She has several wins and is the best player coming out of Tennessee. She is highly touted and I'm glad she chose Auburn. A very consistent player and I look forward to bringing her in, she is great for the Auburn Family."
Schubert has dominated at the high school level, winning the last four (2010, 2011, 2013 and 2013) district and regional championships. She is also a three-time state champion, taking the top honor in 2010, 2012 and 2013.
Nationally, she took seventh in the stroke play portion of the 2011 U.S. Girls Junior Championship. She also won the 2012 Music City AJGA Championship and the 2013 PNC Bank AJGA Championship. Schubert has also notched nine top-10 finishes in AJGA events, including seven top-five finishes and three top-three finishes.
"I choose auburn for many reasons. The campus is gorgeous, the coaching staff is phenomenal, the girls on the team are not only great golfers but they will make great teammates, it is a great golf program with a winning tradition and I enjoy the family atmosphere," said Schubert. "I immediately felt like I was at home when visiting. I believe we can win an SEC and national championship together."