Peter O’Keeffe, still in love with the game of Golf

Peter pictured at Dennehys Health & Fitness in Douglas. Picture: Kestutis Anuzis

Peter pictured at Dennehys Health & Fitness in Douglas.
Picture: Kestutis Anuzis

After several years as a professional golfer, Peter O’Keeffe is returning to the amateur ranks, but the Douglas man still intends to make a career from the sport, working as one of a few specialist golf fitness coaches.  O’Keeffe has recently completed his certification as a Titleist Performance Institute Fitness instructor and has started a new golf fitness business based in Dennehy’s Health & Fitness in  Douglas.

O’Keeffe’s interest in fitness and sports science started over a decade ago, when he attended Southeastern Louisiana University on a golf scholarship.  As well as playing golf at the highest collegiate level, Peter studied sports science in his years in Louisiana.  That gave him a solid foundation in the scientific end of the fitness and physiology, and his interest in the area was Continue reading

Tour Life Ain’t Cheap

Peter performning one of the stability and core strengthening exercises from the TPI training programme. Picture: Kestutis Anuzis

Peter performing one of the stability and core strengthening exercises from the TPI training programme.
Picture: Kestutis Anuzis

For every Rory McIlroy there are hundreds if not thousands of professional golfers who try to make it on tour.  In Ireland alone around a dozen amateurs turn professional every year.  In addition to the European Challenge Tour, there are several mini-tours which offer aspiring professionals a chance to put a card in their pocket every week.  However the pro-tours are not cheap to compete in, as Peter explains:  “An average week on any of the pro tours
in Europe will cost €1,000 at least [entry fees, travel and accommodation], tour school entry is €2,000 and that’s before you buy yourself a sandwich.  At no point would I moan about my time as a tour player, I achieved quite a lot in my career and it has led me to meet all the people that are now closest to me so there are no sour grapes.  Professional golf is an amazing occupation provided the path is clear for your schedule but more importantly your mind.   I could never jump the financial hurdle that would have allowed me to forget everything and send the ball where it needed it to go.  Travelling the world with your clubs to play the best courses week after week is a great experience but the bank balance was always Continue reading

Luke Dennehy: Sports Specific Training the Way Forward

Luke Dennehy (left) and Peter O'Keeffe going through a warming up excercise at the gym in Douglas. Picture: Niall O'Shea

Luke Dennehy (left) and Peter O’Keeffe going through a warming up excercise at the gym in Douglas.
Picture: Niall O’Shea

Luke Dennehy, owner of the Dennehy Health & Fitness gyms in Douglas and Ballincollig, started Peter O’Keeffe’s TPI journey in 2012 and he has an interesting view on the concept of golf specific fitness training.  He explained: “When I decided to get qualified in TPI back in 2012 it was purely for the niche in the market and not because of a background in golf or an real love for golf at the time.  I knew it wasn’t that common, but people like Tiger Woods were changing the Continue reading

Ward Takes Second Place at Leinster Boys

Gary Ward from Kinsale shot three under for his final 36 holes at the Leinster Boy’s today to claim second place.  Ward shot a 69 this morning to hold the 54 hole lead by two shots.  However a one over par 74 this afternoon meant that the Kinsale man had to settle for second place.  The winner was Michael Ryan from New Ross and his win was well deserved considering he shot -7 (68,69) on the final day in Balcarrick.

John Murphy was the one of three other Cork golfers to make the cut for the final 36 holes, he shot a positive two under 71 this morning but signed for a disappointing 77 this afternoon.  Murphy now looks like taking second place in the final national Order of Merit standings.  Mark Healy carded a 73,73 to maintain his place inside the top twenty and Muskerry’s Benedict Cronin finished in 42nd place from the field of 150 golfers.

>>Leinster Boys Final Standings<<

Murphy Leads Leinster Boys

Kinsale's John Murphy in action in Monkstown recently. Picture: Niall O'Shea

Kinsale’s John Murphy in action in Monkstown recently.
Picture: Niall O’Shea

Kinsale’s John Murphy stormed into the lead at the Leinster Boys Open in Balcarrick.  Murphy has consistently shown good form this season and was a surprise omission from the Irish Boys team announced yesterday, but he bounced back from the disappointment to shoot a two under par 71.

Murphy was actually Continue reading

Win for Munster Under 18’s at Boys Interprovincials

The Boys Interprovincials finished up in Athlone today and despite a win for the Under 18’s, overall it was a disappointing few days for the three Munster teams.  The Under 14’s finished up yesterday but the 16’s and 18’s were in action today.  The Under 18’s faced Connacht in a battle to avoid the wooden spoon and they got off to the perfect start – winning all three foursomes matches this morning.  John Murphy and Luke Cummins follow up with wins in the singles to ensure a win for Munster, one that took them off the bottom of the table.

The Under 16’s had another tough outing in their final two matches.  This morning they had a narrow 3-2 loss to Ulster and a second loss followed in the afternoon when they were beaten by Connacht.

<<Golfnet Boy’s Interprovincials Report & Results>>