Peter O’Keeffe’s successful summer looks to continue as he holds a one shot lead at the halfway stage of the men’s Munster Stroke Play Championship at Cork Golf Club.
The Douglas GC member has already won the AIG Irish Men’s Amateur Close Championship, his home Scratch Cup and the men’s Home Internationals with Ireland this year but could add one more title to that list come Sunday evening.
O’Keeffe’s opening round, a 6-under par 66, was equalled by Eanna Griffin (Waterford) but while the Irish Champion added a 1-under 71 in the afternoon, Griffin dropped into a tie for 7th with a second round 74.
Four players are tied for second heading into the final 36 holes tomorrow including recent West of Ireland winner Hugh Foley (Royal Dublin) and Ireland International Robert Moran (Castle).
Jack Murphy, also from Douglas, began his second round from the 10th hole, carding 6 birdies and an eagle on his way to a 4-under 68 to sit in the pack 1-shot behind O’Keeffe.
The top-16 will earn Bridgestone Men’s Order of Merit points this weekend, with 150 points on offer for the winner, as the field looks to chase down Laytown and Bettystown’s Alex Maguire at the top.
Only Co. Sligo’s TJ Ford and O’Keeffe can overtake Maguire this weekend. A top-four finish for Ford or a top-three finish for O’Keeffe 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.