Murray takes golf game to collegiate level
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

May 19, 2004 -- COMO -- Playing golf for only a year, Como-Pickton senior Britany Murray will use the sport to help get a four-year education.

Murray on Monday signed a letter of intent to play golf at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tenn. On hand for the signing were parents Sharon and Patrick Murray, sister Baylee and brother Brennan, coaches Tony Martinez and Daniel Shipman, and family friends Tim Elliott, Justin Cameron, Lee Daniel, Bridger Lloyd, Shane Stubbs and Kay Minter.

It was a big turnout for a girl who Coach Martinez called a good ambassador for the school.

"Everything about her is positive," he said. "She's a natural leader, a straight A student and our district champion in golf."

Her success in golf, coupled by the short time she has been playing the sport and her impressive resume, intrigued Trevecca coach Michael Johnson. He first learned about her through a scholarship service, and she seemed to be a natural fit for the 1,900-student campus in downtown Nashville.

"It's very important to me that the girls not just be good golfers, but fit in with a small-school, Christian atmosphere that we have at Trevecca," Johnson said. "I saw Como, Texas, a little town and this girl with a real pleasant smile on her face. In her resume, she talked about coming from a dedicated, Christian family.

"I was intrigued with Brittany's story."

She started playing golf at the request of her father after the family joined The Links at Land's End, where she now works as a waitress. Her first swing of the club brought accolades from those watching her.

"I got excited about it," she said. "I play about three times a week. I need to work on my putting, but my chipping and approach shots are probably my strongest areas."

Johnson also liked her natural swing.

"She's only been playing a year," he said. "The kind of scores she's already shooting tells me she has a lot of natural ability. She hasn't had time to refine certain parts of her game. If she can compete as she is already, I'm really intrigued with the growth potential of her game."

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