Cork golf: Peter O'Keeffe delivers in style to lift the famous Scratch Cup

Cork golf: Peter O'Keeffe delivers in style to lift the famous Scratch Cup

Peter O'Keeffe with his trophy after winning the Munster Strokeplay 2020 tournament.

Peter O’Keeffe won the biggest prize in Cork golf earlier today, he won the Munster Stroke Play and added his name to the famous Cork Scratch Cup. 

O’Keeffe had a blistering performance on Sunday, he entered the final 36 holes 4 off the lead but ended up winning by seven strokes.

Two rounds of 70 put on Saturday put him in contention going into the second day. Saturday’s performance included 11 birdies and one eagle, and that gave the Douglas golfer the confidence to know his game was good enough to win. 

After the third round O’Keeffe led by three-stroke thanks to a very impressive 67 (-5). O’Keeffe started the final round in impressive form, he birdied the first and second before chipping in for eagle on the tough fifth hole.

Although he dropped a few shots, none of the chasers were making an impact and O’Keeffe continued to dominate. Despite this, O’Keeffe wasn’t finished, a birdie on 10 was followed by an eagle on 11. Two more birdies followed including one on the 18th where his 12-foot putt found the cup to seal the win in style.

O’Keeffe, who won the Irish Amateur Open in 2017, was delighted with his win. 

“It’s nice to win like that,” said a smiling O’Keeffe. “I knew I was playing well coming into this week. I wasn’t happy at all with how I played yesterday, just too many mistakes, but today, at one point I didn’t even know what score I was on, I was just really in every shot.

“I’ve a lot of friends here and this is one of my favourite golf courses. I bogeyed the last here a couple of years ago to lose by a shot but I generally play well here and I expected to do well. It’s great, I love this place and it’s brilliant to win this tournament now.”

Peter O'Keeffe and his family celebrate.
Peter O'Keeffe and his family celebrate.

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