Columbia, SC (WLTX) --- After recently securing its fifth consecutive 3A state golf championship, A.C. Flora has made a name for itself as one of the top high school golf programs in the Southeast and one of its former golfers is making a major move in a prestigious ranking.
USC senior Will Murphy has climbed to No. 14 in the latest Golfweek/Amateurgolf.com World Player Rankings released this week.
Murphy is one of three Gamecocks ranked in the top 100, as seniorCaleb Sturgeon is No. 81 and junior Matt NeSmith is No. 92.
Murphy, Sturgeon and NeSmith are ranked seventh, 41st and 49th, respectively, in the U.S. rankings.
The golfers earn the points for their rankings based on their finishes in designated amateur tournaments around the world as well as at the NCAA Championship and NCAA regional tournaments.
Murphy made the move up the rankings after winning the 61st Sunnehanna Amateur in a three-hole aggregate playoff on Saturday, his third top-10 finish at an amateur event in the last four months. He tied for sixth at the Palmetto Amateur on June 7 and won the Azalea Invitational in March. He also finished tied for 15th at the NCAA Championship in May to earn his first career All-America honor.