Hartsville, S.C. – Coker College Head Men’s Golf Coach Tommy Baker announced the signing of two players to National Letters of Intent to play golf for the Cobras in 2009-2010 on Tuesday.  Ben Conroy and Jake Murphy become the newest members of the Coker golf team.

“Both Ben and Jake are accomplished players, great students and will make an immediate impact on our golf program,” said Coach Baker.  “The coaching staff is really excited to have these young men wearing Coker blue and gold next fall.”

Conroy is a native of Durham, Connecticut, where he was a standout golfer at Coginchaug Regional High School.  Ben was a four-time All-Conference Golfer, a three-time Shoreline Conference Individual Tournament winner and a two-time All-State Golfer. Conroy was also a member of the honor roll and was named a Shoreline Conference Scholar Athlete.

When asked about Conroy joining the Cobras, Coach Baker said, “Ben is a very good player. He is a mature player as far as he controls his emotions well and he has had plenty of experience in big events. He's the type of player that has the potential to come in and make an impact right away both in the classroom and on the links.”

Murphy also comes to Coker from the northeast; he is a native of Hamilton, New Jersey, where he was a standout golfer at Hamilton High School. Jake was the 2009 Mercer County Golf Tournament champion, where he shot a record setting 69, he was also the NJSIAA South/Central Group III champion, and the Group III state champion.

“Jake is a very solid player and has a very good makeup,” said Coach Baker. “He is constantly working on his game and is extremely dedicated. His ability can be seen by his impressive performances in several top-tier junior tournaments. “

Conroy and Murphy have the privilege of joining a Coker team that finished the 2009 season 25th in the country in NCAA Division II Golf, was second in the Conference Carolinas Championship and had the Conference Golfer of the Year , Chris Marsh and Conference Coach of the Year, Baker.  With everyone returning for the 2009-2010 season the future looks very bright for the Cobra golf program.

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