Bridgestone race is on at Munster Stroke Play ahead of season finale

by | Sep 30, 2021 | 0 comments

Peter O'Keeffe (Douglas) Picture: Golffile | Thos Caffrey

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Eight of the top ten in the current Bridgestone Men’s Order of Merit standings will compete in Cork GC this weekend looking to become the 2021 Munster Stroke Play Champion.

The top-16 will earn points this weekend with 150 on offer for the winner as the field looks to chase down Laytown and Bettystown’s Alex Maguire at the top of the Bridgestone Men’s Order of Merit standings.

Only Co. Sligo’s TJ Ford and Douglas’ Peter O’Keeffe (the reigning Munster Stroke Play Champion) can overtake Maguire this weekend. A top-four finish for Ford or a top-three finish for O’Keeffe (pictured above) would be enough for either to knock their Ireland teammate off top spot.

The Munster Stroke Play Championship is the penultimate event on the 2021 Bridgestone Men’s Order of Merit, ahead of the Flogas Irish Men’s Amateur Open Championship at The European Club in mid-October.

All 66 players competing in Cork will hope a fine performance this weekend will leave them in prime position ahead of the season finale, where 425 points will be available for the Flogas Irish Men’s Amateur Open Champion.

Bridgestone Men’s Order of Merit (Current Standings)
1. Alex Maguire (Laytown and Bettystown) – 573
2. TJ Ford (Co. Sligo) – 505
3. Peter O’Keeffe (Douglas) – 498
T4. Hugh Foley (Royal Dublin) – 417
T4. Robert Moran (Castle) – 417
6. Jack McDonnell (Forrest Little) – 372
7. Liam Nolan (Galway) – 365
8. Paul Coughlan (Castleknock) – 346
9. David Kitt (Athenry) – 324
10. Matthew McClean (Malone) – 300

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