The Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year after a top 20 finish at the conference tournament a year ago looks to rekindle the form of last fall... team co-captain along with Tyrone Mordt.
SUMMER 2005: Sixth place at the Young Houstonian (70-70-74=214)... advanced to the quarterfinals of the Cotton States Amateur, winning matches over Cory Barlett of Louisiana Tech (6 and 5), Troy Denton of UNLV (5 and 3) and LTU's Preston Smith (1 up)... finished fifth at the Collegiate Players Tour event in San Antonio (74-67-80=221) and competed at the West Texas Amateur (76-70-71=217) and the U.S. Amateur qualifier.
AS A JUNIOR (2004-05): The Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year after a top 20 finish at the SLC Championships..... emerged as the Mavs' top golfer during the fall season, posting four top 20 finishes, including a first-place tie in the rain shortened SMU/Stonebridge Invitational... shot par of better in seven of 13 rounds of golf and averaged 72.76 in the fall... average of 74.63 for the year ranked third on the team.
SUMMER 2004: Won the Odessa City Championship (70-69-68=207)... first alternate at the U.S. Amateur Open after shooting 67-70=137 at the qualifier... shot 72-70=142 at West Texas Amateur... fired opening round of 67 at West Texas Invitational.
PRIOR TO UTA: A member of the 2003-04 NJCAA National Championship team at Odessa College in 2004... won the WAJAC conference tournament and the Wrangler Invitational as a sophomore... posted 10 top 10 finishes during two-year Odessa College career... received athletic achievement award for maintaining a 3.0 grade-point-average... earned all-District 4-5A honors as a senior at Odessa Permian H.S.... captured the title at the Starburst Junior Tournament... member of the National Honor Society.
PERSONAL: Born June 25, 1982... is the son of Mary Yarbrough and Bob Murray.... marketing major.
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