Jim has had the fortune of being around the greatest instructors in the game from the first time he touched a golf club. Growing up in Chicago Illinois his father was a member of Exmoor Country Club where Jim Hardy was the Head Golf Professional and introduced Jim to the game. Jim learned a tremendous amount from Hardy and another junior member at Exmoor Hank Haney, who quickly became a good friends and mentors to him. Hardy and Haney were involved with John Jacobs, the great teacher from England, and Murphy was very fortunate to watch Jacobs fix ball flighter faster than anyone he had ever seen. With these influences on his game and his life Jim’s game quickly improved to a point where he was competitive on the junior and amateur levels.
Jim played well enough to earn a golf scholarship to DePaul University in Chicago where he played for 4 years. Playing golf at DePaul under Head coach and golf professional John Cleland his game continued to improve each year. In the summer before his senior year he worked at Pinehurst where Haney was the Director of Instruction. While there he helped with the Junior golf schools and was exposed to the Golf Digest Junior schools and teachers Davis Love, Peter Kostis, Jack Lumpkin. Upon graduation from DePaul Jim knew he wanted to make teaching his career and immediately moved to Sugar Land Texas to work as Hank’s assistant at Sweetwater Country Club.
Moving to Texas allowed Jim to be close to both Haney and Hardy and he knew that his passion for teaching was growing stronger everyday. While at Sweetwater he became friends with another great teacher Dick Harmon who shared his knowledge of golf and life with Murphy. In this time Jim also became friends with two other teachers in Austin Mike Adams and Bill Moretti and would occasionally go to their academy and teach with them. Teaching along side of Haney, Jim was exposed to the best players in the game and began working with PGATOUR player Tom Byrum. The two continue to work together and have become best friends through golf.
Today Jim teaches at Sugar creek Country Club teaching players of all levels from tour pros to beginners.Murphy lives in Sugar land with his wife Karen and three sons Jimmy, John, and Will. He loves helping people improve in golf as well as in life.
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