Irish Mid-Am title for Peter O’Keeffe

Peter O'Keeffe Irish Mid Amateur Sept 2019_2

Peter O’Keeffe (Pic: Golffile)

Peter O’Keeffe scooped a second national title today, winning the Irish Mid Amateur in Royal Belfast.  The Douglas golfer had a wire to wire win following rounds of 68,70 & 71.  His winning score of 209 was the only score to break par on the Harry Colt designed course.  O’Keeffe jumped into the lead after an opening 68 on Saturday morning, the two under par round had four birdies and one double bogey in the opening round to lead the field by one.  He followed that with a level par 70 in the afternoon, again closing with birdies on the 16th and 18th.  The 2017 Irish Open winner had a one shot lead going into today’s final round.  Rathmore’s Ben Best was one behind but two bogies on the first and second gave Peter a lead of three.  O’Keeffe went out in a steady level par, made up of seven pars, one birdie and one birdie.  The back nine was even steadier, eight pars and just one bogey on 17th say him sign for a 71.  Playing with the two nearest competitors, O’Keeffe knew he was in the lead and closed out the win with ease.  Colm Campbell and France’s Christophe DeGrancey were one back on level par for the tournament.

Kinsale’s Kieran McCarthy finished in the top ten, he finished on eight over for 8th place.  Mark Collins was one shot back and finished in 11th place.  Lee Valley’s Jason Galway was the only other Cork golfer to make the cut, and he finished in 30th place.

Results (Par 210)
209 P O’Keeffe (Douglas), 68, 70, 71
210 C de Grancey (France), 74, 66, 70; C Campbell (Warrenpoint), 70, 70, 70
213 B Best (Rathmore), 70, 69, 74
216 G Dunne (Co. Louth), 73, 69, 74
217 J Fox (Portmarnock), 72, 71, 74; R Gordon (Donaghadee), 70, 73, 74
218 K McCarthy (Kinsale), 73, 71, 74; W McCully (Donaghadee), 71, 72, 75; R Leonard (Banbridge), 70, 70, 78
219 M Collins (Killeen Castle), 78, 71, 70; C Jameson (Wicklow), 70, 72, 77
220 M Judge (Stackstown), 73, 74, 73; P Roche (Palmerstown House), 71, 72, 77; O Kearney (Lurgan), 69, 73, 78
221 P Murray (Clontarf), 73, 71, 77; N Crawford (Mourne), 72, 72, 77; C Ryan (Killeen Castle), 71, 68, 82
222 G Arthur (Carrickfergus), 74, 73, 75; P Flynn (Tramore), 74, 73, 75; J McLynn (Galway Bay), 70, 73, 79
223 E Marsden (Tullamore), 79, 69, 75; A Adair (Clandeboye), 72, 75, 76
224 D O’Neill (The Links Portmarnock), 74, 73, 77; G McAuley (Dunmurry), 72, 77, 75; B Duffy (Co. Louth), 70, 76, 78; R McCrudden (Royal Portrush), 69, 76, 79
226 K Murray (Charlesland), 77, 71, 78; I Lynch (Rosslare), 74, 74, 78
227 C O’Donoghue (Castletroy), 75, 74, 78; T O’Leary (Rosslare), 73, 75, 79; J Galway (Lee Valley ), 72, 76, 79
228 G McKenna (Donaghadee), 71, 76, 81
NS T Corcoran (Carlow), 74, 74; B Lenihan (Ballybunion), 75, 74; R Connolly (Grange), 72, 77

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