ODU Captures CAA Championship, Murphy Wins Individual Crown

April 22, 2007
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

April 22, 2007

HOT SPRINGS, VA--The Old Dominion University men's golf team captured the Colonial Athletic Association men's golf Championship Sunday by four strokes over defending champion Georgia State.

The victory gives ODU an automatic berth in the NCAA Regional Championships, May 17-19 at either Georgia Tech(East), Northern Illinois (Central) or Arizona State (West). The NCAA will announce the names of the teams and which Regional on May 7 at 6 p.m. A total of 27 teams will be selected to participate in each of the three regionals. Ten teams and two individuals will advance from each region to the Championship finals to be hosted by Virginia Commonwealth, May 30-June 2 at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, VA.

ODU Freshman John Murphy (Wilton, CT.) was named Most Outstanding Performer at the Championships as he shot a 72 today and won the medalist title by four strokes with a score of 210, besting teammate and CAA Rookie of the Year Eric Onesi (Bear, DE.) who shot the day's low score of 69 to finish at 214 tied with Joel Sjohlm of Georgia State, and Jens Fahbring of VCU. Murphy was tied for first on Friday and Saturday with Fahbring. He is the second Monarch to win the CAA individual crown, the first was Geoff Harris in 2003.

In all, four Monarchs finish in the top ten. Stan Guerrero (Mexico) tied for sixth at 217, and Matthew Watson(Chesapeake, Va.) tied for ninth at 218. Onesi joined Murphy on the CAA All-Tournament squad. The win is ODU's second CAA crown, the first was in 2003.

"We are so excited," said ODU coach Murray Rudisill, the CAA Coach of The Year." Our guys played great and they came on strong down the stretch. I am very proud of them."

Colonial Athletic Assoc. Champ
Par-Yardage: 70-6679 (The Homestead)

Fin. School Scores 1 Old Dominion Univ. 295 281 283 859 +19 2 Georgia State Univ. 292 290 281 863 +23 3 VCU 294 287 291 872 +32 4 UNC Wilmington 304 287 291 882 +42 5 Wm. & Mary, Coll. of 300 291 295 886 +46 6 Delaware, U. of 295 307 296 898 +58 7 Towson University 299 305 296 900 +60 8 Drexel University 302 311 297 910 +70 9 James Madison Univ. 309 300 310 919 +79 10 George Mason Univ. 318 303 302 923 +83 11 Hofstra University 310 314 308 932 +92

ODU GOLFERS 1. John Murphy 69-69-72=210 T2 Eric Onesi 77-68-69=214 T6 Stan Guerrero 73-74-70=217 T9 Matthew Watson 76-70-72=218 T27 Matthew Rendell 77-75-74=226

CAA ALL TOURNAMENT HONORS John Murphy, ODU (MOP) Joel Sjoholm, Georgia State Eric Onesi, ODU Jens Fahrbring, VCU Brent Paladino, W&M