Douglas golfer Peter O’Keeffe is the new Flogas Irish Amateur Open Championfollowing a terrific victory in the four day championship at Royal County Down Golf Club. Playing outstanding golf throughout the championship on a demanding links course with challenging winds, Peter beat a strong international field to capture his first Irish title. In doing so he became the first Douglas Golf Club member to win the Irish Amateur Open Championship, a championship which was first played in 1892. Since then there have been many famous Irish and international names on the trophy, including Joe Carr, Jimmy Bruen, Tom Craddock, Padraig Harrington, Michael Hoey, Pedro Figueiredo(Portugal) and Louis Oosthuizen(South Africa).
With rounds of 70, 70, and 73 in the first three rounds, Peter started the final round one shot clear of the chasing field, a field that included international golfers, Walker Cup panellists, and the leading amateur in the 2017 US Masters. Winning from the front is never easy to do against high quality opposition, but throughout his final round of 73 Peter displayed excellent composure and great ball striking despite the windy conditions. With his nearest challengers finding the both the course and the conditions difficult, Peter’s solid final round gave him a clear and emphatic three shot victory and his first Irish title.
Congratulations and well done, Peter, on a tremendous golfing achievement.
Picture shows Peter with the Irish Amateur Open Championship Trophy, accompanied by (from left) his brother John, John Boylan, President Douglas Golf Club, and Peter’s father Noel