November 10, 2008

A Matador Minute with Bonnie Murphy

Nov. 10, 2008

The fall season wrapped up with sixth place finish at the Lamkin Grip/Cal Poly Invitational, how would you rate the fall season?

The fall season started off a little rough, but we had consistent improvement from one tournament to the next. I am very pleased with the way we finished.

The Matadors posted a pair of top five finishes during the fall (Northern Arizona, Cal Poly). From a coaching standpoint in which tournament did the Matadors play their best golf?

By far Cal Poly's Big West Preview was the best of the fall tournaments for us. We were very consistent and when the weather turned for the worse during the last round the team hung in there and posted one of the best rounds of the day.

Any standout individual performances from the fall?

I have to congratulate the entire team for coming together. Everyone contributed this fall. I am very happy with the performance of our two freshmen, Lady Samson and Kendall Patten. They were consistent contributors this fall.

The Kent Youel Invitational in Kapolei O'ahu is usually one of the highlights on your schedule, how was the trip this year?

Hawai'i is a very special event and we always have at least one story to tell. This year's excitement came on the 18th hole when Katrina Sutton's pull cart rolled into the greenside lake (with her golf clubs attached).

Fortunately, I was able to grab her bag before it sunk to the bottom. We dried everything off the best we could and sent her on her way and she was able to complete her round.

Northridge has five tournaments scheduled for the spring. What are your expectations of the team when the schedule resumes in February?

Our goal for the team is to break 300. In order to be competitive we must average 75 or better as a team.

Last season's third-place finish at the Big West Championship was the Matadors' highest since 2004. What can Northridge do to get back to the top of the leaderboard at the conference champiopnship?

In order to get back on top the leaderboard at the Big West the team needs to play to their potential. In my opinion the team hasn't come close to playing as they should. We have some very good ball strikers on the team and we are going to focus on improving our short game as well as the mental aspect of the game.

What players do you think can make the difference and get this year's Matador team back to the top?

I am looking to my seniors to help put this team back on top - Katrina (Sutton), Stephanie (Aston) and Krystina (Gillenwater). They are the key to a successful Championship segment this spring.

Finally, in your first three seasons as head coach, the Matadors finished second in 2002 and won back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2004. What are your memories of those seasons?

I have such fond memories of those three seasons. It was a very exciting time. We were in contention nearly every tournament and every stroke counted! All three of those Conference Championships were decided by just a few strokes. I can't leave out Beth Allen - she was so fun to watch and is the greatest women's golfer in our school's history. I talk about those days with my team in hopes of inspiring them - there is nothing like postseason play.

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