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  Bonnie Murphy

Bonnie Murphy

Player Profile

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
10 Seasons

Alma Mater:
Cal State Northridge, 2000

Bonnie Murphy, a two-time Big West Coach of the Year, completed a full decade at the helm of the Cal State Northridge women's golf program at the conclusion of the 2010-11 season.

Despite a sixth-place finish at the Big West Championship in May, the Matadors' team scoring average of 311.5 was the best in the 15-year history of the women's golf program at Cal State Northridge. The Matadors won one team title in 2010-11 after repeating as champions of the Firestone Grill Invitational at Monarch Dunes G.C. Playing in New Mexico State's Price "Give 'Em Five" Invitational, Northridge posted the two lowest team scores in school history with a second round 292 and a final round 293. First-year player Kylie Kimura led the Matadors with a 77.2 stroke average in 2010-11.

In 2001-02, the Matadors' first year in the Big West Conference, Murphy guided Northridge to a second-place finish, finishing seven shots behind UC Irvine. The Matadors then went on to win back-to-back Big West Championships in 2003 and 2004. Northridge won its first championship with a two-round, 617 which defeated Idaho by four shots. 2003 Big West Individual champion Beth Allen then led the Matadors to a 19th-place team finish at the NCAA West Regional, finishing 15th individually.

In 2004, the Matadors claimed their second consecutive four-shot victory by defeating UC Irvine with a three-round total of 925. Allen claimed her second straight individual title and Murphy had her second straight Coach of the Year award.

Over the last four seasons, the Matadors have posted 13 top-five finishes including a win in their own Matador Spring Invitational in 2006. Northridge has placed among the top-five teams at the conference championships in seven of eight seasons under Murphy.

In addition to a pair of Big West Coach of the Year awards, the Matadors have produced 12 all-conference golfers and 10 women have been named to the Big West All-Academic team under Murphy's watch. Allen, the most decorated women's golfer in Northridge history has since gone on to earn her LPGA Tour card and is currently competing on the professional tour.

Murphy began her collegiate coaching career as a first-year assistant under Stephanie Martin in 2000-01. That season the Matadors claimed a second place finish at the Big Sky Conference Championships.

A four-year letterwinner for the Matador golf team from 1996-2000, Murphy competed in 69 rounds and took a total 6,182 strokes. Murphy recorded a personal-best 10th place finish at the Princeville Rainbow Wahine Invitational in Kauai, Hawaii in 1998-99. That season, she also received Big Sky Conference All-Academic honors.

A native of Chicago, Ill., Murphy earned her bachelor's degree in liberal studies from Cal State Northridge in December 2000. She has also spent time running a non-profit caddy program for teens in 1998 and has also spent time in the LPGA Teaching and Country Club Professional Program.