Peter O’Keeffe opened his season on a high last Sunday when he finished joint top at the opening round of the Mid West Golf Alliance at Dromoland. He shot 37 points to tie for the lead alongside Andrew McCormack and David Reddan Jnr.
O’Keeffe has been working hard on his own strength & conditioning programme and while that’s yielding results in the studio, and his on course programme seems to be going to plan too. Despite losing a ball on the 5th hole, he held his composure to plot his way around the parkland course in 37 gross points. The gross stableford scoring system in use allowed O’Keeffe to recover quickly after the 5th, he hit a 320 yard bomb on the next hole and he went on to beat par by one shot. Gross stableford gives one point for a bogey, two for a par, three for a birdie and so on.
This year the format for the Alliance has changed, there are four qualifying rounds in Dromoland and the top two scores will count. The top eight qualifiers will go forward to a matchplay shootout. The second round takes place on Sunday next and any interested in playing should contact 061 368444.
Mid West Alliance 1st Round, Dromoland
37: Peter O’Keeffe (Douglas), David Reddan Jnr (Nenagh), Andrew McCormack (Castletroy)
36: Eddie McCormack (Galway Bay)
35: Joe Lyons (Galway)
33: Nicky Duggan (Dromoland), Donncadh Nagle (Dromoland), Bob Loftus (Lahinch) Tony Cleary (Woodstock)