Tommy O’Driscoll got his season off to a good start with a top five finish in the Copa Andalucia in Guadalmina Golf Club in Marbella. O’Driscoll signed for a 67 in his final round and was one of only four golfers to break 70. He made the 36 hole halfway point comfortably after two consecutive 71’s, in fact he was only one shot off the lead at the halfway point. A 77 in the third round damaged his chances of a win, but the Paris based amateur recovered today with a five under par round. The former Ulster Boys champion was four under after nine and added two birdies on the 10th and 13th. He gave a shot back on the par five 16th however, but steadied again with pars on the two closing holes to leave finish on 67, and -2 for the tournament.
O’Driscoll credited his brother Eamonn for his successful round, Eamonn had missed the 54 hole cut and caddied for his brother in the final round. Eamonn’s reading of the greens helped Thomas on his way to the six birdies. Conor O’Rourke (Naas) was two shots behind O’Driscoll in seventh place.
This was O’Driscoll’s first event in what’s sure to be a busy 2016 season. In December the teenager won a full card for the Alps Tour and plans to play on the tour this season.