Michael O’Keefe named PTR Utah Member of the Year
Hilton Head Island, S.C. Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) will present its annual awards this week during the 2013 PTR International Tennis Symposium. The event, which includes 50-plus on-court and classroom presentations for tennis teachers and coaches, a trade show and tournament, is being held May 2-5 at the new Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Michael O’Keefe of Park City has been named PTR Member of the Year for the state. This award is presented to a PTR member in the United States who has shown dedication and diligence in promoting and supporting tennis and PTR.
A native of Nantucket Island, O’Keefe is currently the tennis director for Park City, and runs the tennis program at the Park City Municipal Recreation and Athletic Center in Park City (PC MARC).
Previously O’Keefe served as the director of tennis at South Beach Racquet Club on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and Garden City Country Club in New York. He was also head professional for Van Der Meer Tennis University and World Class Training Academy on Hilton Head Island.
Throughout his 20-plus-year teaching career, O’Keefe has coached and taught players at every level of the game. He is a PTR clinician and tester, and encourages his staff to join PTR and earn certification. He is a great ambassador for PTR and the game.
PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 14,000 members in 117 countries. It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and servicing tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.
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