Brian O’Donovan shot a second round 72 to stay one under par and inside the top at PGA China Q School this morning. Having opened with a one under par 71 yesterday, the Bandon native was in control again and is currently tied for 16th place. More importantly he’s only two shots away from the top 12 which would see him claim a full tour card for the China tour. On the course O’Donovan had drifted to +2 through 10 holes but a few birdies on the back nine saw him sign for a 72. O’Donovan has played in several events over the past three years, mainly gaining access to tournaments through the Monday qualifier. If O’Donovan can move into the top 12 he’ll have access to all twelve tour events that are scheduled this season. O’Donovan has two more rounds to make an impression on the field and with plenty of under par scores on the course today he’ll know that there’s an opportunity to go low in his final 36 holes.
O’Donovan has been based in China for well over three years now. After gaining his full PGA qualification he took up a teaching role at the Million Hills Golf Complex in Schenzen and now holds the role of Lead Instructor at one of their three Academies. As an amateur O’Donovan was part of the Bandon team that won the Munster double in the Barton Shield and Irish Senior Cup. Bandon went on to win a national title in the Senior Cup and soon after Brian started his PGA training under Stephen Hayes in Douglas Golf Club.