Nov. 26, 2013
DEKALB, Ill. -- Northern Illinois University men’s golf coach Tom Porten announced today the signing of Davis Holman (Yorba Linda, Calif./Servite) and Patrick Murphy (River Forest, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) to National Letters of Intent to join the Huskie golf program in the fall of 2014.
“Both Davis and Patrick are outstanding young men,” said Porten. “They have great balance to their resumes. I believe Patrick has been accepted to the honors program here at Northern and both of his parents are graduates of the NIU Law School, so he already has ties to the Huskies. Davis is from a strong academic school, Servite in California. He fell in love with the campus on a trip through the Midwest this summer when he played in an AJGA event.
“They are both extremely talented young men who work really hard at their golf game and their academics. It’s good to have young men joining our program who are both extremely mature and very talented as golfers.”
Murphy was a three-time state qualifier and a three-time all-conference honoree at Oak Park-River Forest High School. As a senior this fall, Murphy was the West Suburban Silver conference champion and earned six top-10 finishes. Murphy finished 10th this past summer at the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA)/Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) Junior Championship in London, Ontario. He also claimed 18th at the AJGA Ravenwood Junior Championship and was the stroke play medalist at the 2013 Chick Evans Junior Amateur.
“Patrick played baseball through his sophomore year in high school before he started to concentrate on golf,” said Porten. “He has gotten excellent instruction through The Players Service (TPS). He is in the elite program with TPS and all 12 of their elite players are either signed or committed to play Division I golf, so we know that he will be ready to step in and play in the fall.”
Holman finished third individually in the Trinity League conference championship last spring for Servite High School, advancing to the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Division Individual Regional Final. A two-time all-conference honoree, Holman will conclude his high school playing career this coming spring. This past summer, Holman finished 17th at the AJGA Midwest Junior Players event in Romeoville, Ill., Holman also posted a low round of 68 at the AJGA event in Las Vegas.
“Davis has a terrific junior record out in California,” said Porten. “We wanted to reach out west and find the right fit for our program and Davis more than fits. He just came off a top-five finish in the Toyota Series and I really like the way he competes. He is very determined, has a very good short game and we are very glad that he chose Northern over schools closer to home in California.”