“Of course you always want to win, but I’m just focussed on my process goals rather than on winning,” she added. “I feel I’m a better player this year because I had some problems with my confidence and believing in myself. So this win will do a lot for my confidence.
“I couldn’t see not making at least one bogey on this course because it’s very tricky, especially on the front nine so it’s great that I didn’t make any.”
Jameson put up a strong fight over the final day as she sought her third victory. She began with a two-shot lead over the field and played the front nine in level par. However, three bogeys in five holes from the 10th made the difference along with Fredriksson’s sterling play.
A monkey off his back
Murphy is in his final year at Maynooth. He heads into the workplace in April after finishing his Masters degree in business and management. He arrived in Spain intent on getting at least one win in the Student Tour Series after having previous chances only to fall short.
“I’m delighted,” said the 23-year-old, who’s ranked 2,265th on the WAGR® standings. “It’s nice to get the monkey off my back early. It was a solid week from the get-go. It’s great to play steady golf for three days and it’s always nice when it comes together.”
Over the summer, Murphy returned to his boyhood sport of hurling to try get in shape for his final fling at the Student Series. He arrived in Spain feeling leaner and stronger as a result, and it paid dividends.
“Being that bit fitter has to help, especially coming down the stretch on a sunny day like today when the temperature is in the high twenties," he added. "I might have struggled before.”
Arnold Palmer Cup dreams
Murphy’s other goal this season is to make the Arnold Palmer Cup team, the reward that goes to the order of merit winner.
“I’ll hopefully kick on now. That’s the plan. You can’t ask for a better start than that to try to get on the Arnold Palmer Cup team.”
As far as his final season on the Student Tour Series goes, Murphy wants to enjoy his remaining time between now and the final event in St Andrews next April.
“The Student Tour Series is brilliant," he said. "It’s just got better and better. Getting the chance to play courses like these is fantastic, and great for everyone’s development. I’m sad in a way but it’s time to move on, but I will miss it because it’s been great craic to stay on site at these courses and enjoy times with my teammates. I’m going to make the most of this final ride.”
Both players naturally move to the top of the order of merit and those potential Arnold Palmer Cup spots for next year’s match at Lahinch Golf Club on the West Coast of Ireland. Fredriksson placed third to Lorna McClymont last year, while Murphy was joint 31st behind Maynooth teammate Ryan Griffin.