Father and son, Brian and Michael Murphy went into Sunday tied for the lead in the Madison Men's City Championship. Sunday at Cherokee Country Club, the elder Murphy got the last laugh as Brian dropped in a birdy putt on 18 to win the tournament.
Michael Murphy struggled throughout the final round, scoring six bogeys and two double-bogeys to card an +8 (80). Brian was more consistent. He fired two birdies, three bogeys, and one double-bogey to finish with a +3 (75).
For Brian Murphy, no birdy was more important than the last. Trailing John Stravinski by a stroke, Murphy dropped in a birdy putt on the par-four eighteenth. Meanwhile, Stravinski-- needing a par to force a playoff--missed his par putt, giving Murphy the championship.
Day two of the Men's City Golf Championship teed off at Hawks Landing Friday. It was a rough day on the course for most players.
Thursday at Yahara, Michael Murphy shot red hot -5 (67) to take a commanding four shot lead heading into the second round. Friday was a different story. Murphy struggled, making six bogeys against just two birdies to finish with a +4 (76). Even with his struggles, Murphy maintained a three shot lead.
More consistent was Michael's father, Brian, who fired a +1 (73) Thursday and followed it with an identical score Friday. Brian sits in second place, three shots behind his son, Michael. The two tee off Saturday at the Bridges at 9:44 a.m.
The Madison Men's City Championship teed off at Yahara Hills Thursday. The tournament takes place over the weekend, visiting Hawks Landing, and the Bridges, before wrapping up at Cherokee Sunday.
Thursday at Yahara was Michael Murphy's day. Murphy had five birdies on the front nine and three on the back to shoot a blistering -5 (67). The score was good for a four shot lead. Brad O'Laughlin was the only other golfer below par, shooting a -1 (71).
News 3 Sports Director Jay Wilson has two of his sons playing in the event. Former Big Eight Conference champion Connor Wipfli is currently tied for 12th, shooting a +4 (76). Jay's younger son Bret, 15, is +8 (80) after eighteen holes. Bret is tied for 33rd.
The tournament resumes Friday at Hawks Landing.