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Patrick Murphy Joins Coaching Staff as Assistant Coach

Mar 4, 2021
Patrick Murphy and Derek Freeman at the 2019 Pac-12 Championship.

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UCLA head men's golf coach Derek Freeman has announced the hiring of alum Patrick Murphy as the program's new assistant coach.

"I am thrilled to have a Bruin alum, Patrick Murphy, join our coaching staff," Freeman said. "Patrick's depth of golf knowledge is extensive. He has traveled the world playing the game and that will help in his coaching. Being a Bruin alum, he will be able to relate extremely well with our student-athletes. It's going to be fun to have Patrick on staff and he will make a great coach."

Murphy (2015-2019) appeared in 35 tournaments during his four years at UCLA, producing four Top 10s, 10 Top 20s and 16 under-par rounds. His best season was his senior campaign when he recorded a 71.6 scoring average, finishing under par in four of his nine events and earning starts at the Pac-12 Championship and NCAA Regional. As an amateur player, Murphy was the champion at the 2015 Alberta Match Play and also reached match play at the 2018 U.S. Amateur.

On three occasions, Murphy was named Pac-12 Conference All-Academic, receiving the honor every year he was eligible. He was also a member of the Bruin Athletic Council, and earned a spot on the UCLA Athletic Director's Honor Roll every quarter.

"I couldn't be more excited to be the next assistant coach for the UCLA men's golf program," Murphy said. "As a former player, I know how special UCLA is, and I look forward to learning from one of the best coach's in the NCAA. I am so grateful to both Coach Freeman and UCLA Athletics for this opportunity, and I can't wait to get started."

After leaving UCLA, Murphy picked up his first professional victory at the 2019 Bakker Crossing Charity Pro-Am on The Dakotas Tour. He also finished third at the 2019 Alberta Open and qualified through the first stage of the 2019 European Tour Qualifying, earning A1 European Challenge Tour status. Murphy has been a guest coach at the Dream Junior Golf Academy and an instructor at the Glencoe Golf and Country Club in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Murphy graduated from UCLA in 2019 with his degree in political science.