Garold Murphy

Like most people in the golf industry, Garold Murphy started working on a golf course at a very young age in Watertown, South Dakota and was soon asked to maintain the golf course. Not knowing much about golf course maintenance, Murphy decided to attend Penn State University turf school and upon graduation made his way back to South Dakota at Aberdeen Country Club. In 1961 Murphy applied for and became the head golf course superintendent at Somerset Country Club in Saint Paul, Minnesota and since then has been instrumental in the leadership of the Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents Association. Murphy has served on the MGCSA Board of Directors for many years, highlighted by being named President in 1971. Murphy also spent two years on the National Golf Course Superintendents Association in 1970 and 1971 and was one of the first seven people in his field to become a certified Golf Course Superintendent.

For more than forty years, Murphy maintained Somerset Country Club to host Championships including the 1995 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, and several other Minnesota State Championships. Murphy retired from Somerset Country Club in 2005, but still stays actively involved in the MGCSA.

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