John Keegan


Our PGA Director of Golf, John Keegan, began his career at Morris Country Club in 1996 as an Assistant to the Golf Professional. In 1988, he was named the Head Golf Professional of the club. His passion for the club and for teaching the game is evident the moment you meet him. He has been teaching the game of golf to players of all ages and abilities for over 30 years.

The junior programs at Morris Country Club are second to none. John has been honored with the Central Illinois PGA Junior Golf Leader Award on two occasions. The junior program offers weeklong, summer and fall camps and clinics beginning at 5 years of age and encompassing all players through high school and into college.

John has been named the Central Illinois PGA Teacher of the Year on two occasions as well. His commitment to continuing his education in instruction has earned him the reputation of one of the best teachers in the Midwest.

His primary objective is to help golfers gain a simple understanding of what they need to do in order to enjoy the game and score the best they can.

John's teaching Beliefs:

  • Anyone can get better at golf.
  • Fundamentals are the cornerstones to a consistent golf game.
  • Setup influences the swing. (Form follows function)
  • Backswing - Body responds to arm swing.
  • Downswing - Arms respond to body motion.
  • Wrist position controls the club face.
  • The golf swing is played from the lead side.
  • Golf should be learned from short clubs to long clubs.
  • Golf is a swinging activity, not a hitting activity.
  • The most important position of the club is its position at impact.
  • Golf instruction is more subtraction than addition.
  • The only thing worse than a bad loser, is a bad winner.
  • Good thinking creates good golf, bad thinking creates bad golf.
  • There is a difference between rhythm and tempo.
  • Putting is about awareness, it's not about stroke.
  • The short game is played from the trail side.
  • The short game is a hands/arms game, not a 'big muscle' game.
  • In the end, it's the score that counts.