2007-03-15 / Sports

Murphy wins S.C. championship, takes a break waiting for World

S.C. State Champ Jeff Murphy (right) and Justin Savage. S.C. State Champ Jeff Murphy (right) and Justin Savage. For the second year in a row, Jeff Murphy has won the South Carolina State Turkey Calling Championship. The contest was held in Edgefield, S.C. last weekend and Murphy edged out his closest competition by just a single point.

The win comes at the end of another string of wins and near-wins for Murphy who recently won the Georgia contest, finished second in the Georgia State Open, and secured eighth place at the Grand Nationals in Nashville. It was also his second win in the Georgia Championship.

Representing Pittman Game Calls and Custom Camo Gold Staff, Murphy was caller No. 8 in a field of 16 at Edgefield. His winning score of 210 just beat Justin Savage of Gainesville, Ga. who came in second at 209.

"I beat Justin by one point and I'd rather get beat by 10 points that just one," Murphy quipped. "I didn't call my best and I thought I called only good enough for third (place) but not first. But the judges like it, so I'll take it," he said.

Required calls in the contest included the flydown cackle, cutting of an excited hen, kee kee run, and the plain yelp of the hen. "You had a lot of good callers that called really well but they just couldn't kee kee," Murphy explained. "A kee kee on a friction call is very hard to do and just one call can cost you the contest."

Murphy is taking a break with his competitive calling until July when he will try to win the World Friction Calling Championship in Birmingham, Ala. He reminds everyone to remember the Little River Chapter's NWTF banquet this Friday night at the VFW and also that turkey season starts March 24.

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