FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Augusta University head men's golf coach Jack O'Keefe was inducted into the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor, the Razorbacks announced on Thursday, May 18, 2017. He was officially inducted on Friday, Sept. 8 at the Hall of Honor banquet and was recognized during halftime of the Arkansas vs. TCU football game Saturday, Sept. 9 at Razorback Stadium.
O'Keefe just completed his fourth season with the Augusta men's golf team and guided the Jaguars to their third straight NCAA Regional appearance after winning the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship for the third consecutive season. He is also the Director of Golf at Augusta University.
A 2016 inductee into the Arkansas State Golf Association Hall of Fame, O'Keefe is the first University of Arkansas golfer to earn All-America honors four times (1989-93). He also earned a total of three all-conference honors during his collegiate career.
In 1991, O'Keefe became one of the last UA golfers to earn All-Southwest Conference honors and when the Hogs switched to the Southeastern Conference he picked up All-SEC Honors in 1992 and 1993. O'Keefe helped Arkansas to four top 10 NCAA Championship finishes in his career including finishing seventh (1989), tied for ninth (1991), eighth (1992) and seventh (1993). He ranks in the top 10 in school history with 13 top-10 individual finishes from 1990-93, including three individual titles at the 1991 and 1992 Colorado Fox-Acres Invitational and the 1993 Border Olympics. He helped lead Arkansas to 10 team tournament wins his final two years.
O'Keefe went on to a successful professional career on the Hooters, Australia, Nike and PGA Tours. He earned his PGA Tour Card in 1997 and competed in the 1996 U.S. Open while also being named the Rookie of the Year on the Australian Tour in 1994.
The 2017 UA class will be inducted during the Hall of Honor weekend, Sept. 7-9. Hall of Honor weekend includes a golf tournament at the Fayetteville Country Club and an induction banquet Friday evening at the Fayetteville Town Center. Inductees will also be recognized during half-time of Arkansas' football on-campus home opener against TCU at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Game time will be announced at a later date.
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