O’Driscoll tops leaderboard but loses out in play-off, Gecko Tour

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Tommy O’Driscoll.

Castlehaven native Tommy O’Driscoll came agonisingly close to his first professional win on Tuesday when he lost out in a three way play off at the Gecko Tour in Estepona in Spain.  This was O’Driscoll’s second event on the Gecko Tour, he finished 21st last week in Marbellla when fellow Irishman Dermot McElroy finished in second place.

O’Driscoll shot one his lowest rounds as a pro, his seven under par round of 64 match the lowest score of the tournament and catapulted him up the leaderboard.  Tommy’s first round score of 68 saw him start the second day just outside the top ten.  Despite shooting the low round of the day, Tommy wasn’t overly happy with his own performance on the front nine: “I didn’t play great golf for the front nine, just scrambled by way around and got it going in the back nine”.

Tommy had a great back nine, knocking in five birdies in seven holes.  His scrambling on the front nine is worthy of a mention too, after a Continue reading

Impressive second rounds from the O’Driscoll Brothers, Alps Tour Q School

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Tommy O’Driscoll pictured after winning his Alps Tour card ilast year.

Thomas O’Driscoll bounced back today with a two under par 70 to take his place inside the top thirty after two rounds in the Alps Tour Q School final.  The older O’Driscoll brother finished the first 36 holes on +2, four shots inside the cut which fell at +6, with 67 golfers making it through.  O’Driscoll had three birdies on his front nine but one bogey meant that he turned on -2.  He bogied the par three 11th but added another birdie on the 13th.  Steady pars on his five closing holes saw him stay in the red and qualify with a few holes to spare.

Eamonn O’Driscoll shot a level par 72, and this was a great improvement on his opening round.  The amateur bounced back from three dropped shots on the front nine, and had four birdies on the back nine to sign for level par.  Yesterday’s round cost him however as he finished on +8, two outside the cut mark.

O’Driscoll Brothers set for Alps Q-School Final

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Thomas & Eamonn O’Driscoll

Eamonn O’Driscoll will join his brother Thomas in the final qualifying stage of the Alps Tour, following his top 30 finished at La Cala earlier this week.  The Castlehaven native joins his brother who has already qualified for the final stage thanks to his 2016 tour status.  Eamonn shot an opening 78 and followed that with a 75 to make the cut with a two shot cushion.

The O’Driscoll teenagers have both been working hard on their golf over the past few months.  Both have been active participants on the Alps Tour in the second half of the season and the Paris based golfers have been building up their experience of top flight golf.

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Kilkenny’s Luke Donnelly and Connacht’s Declan Loftus were the only other Irish golfers to qualify for the final stage.  The final round starts on La Cala’s Asia course tomorrow

O’Driscoll secures top 25 finish on Alps Tour

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Tommy O’Driscoll 

West Cork’s Tommy O’Driscoll has had two good weeks on the Alps Tour, and today he closed with a 66 to finish in the top 25 at the Alps Costa Del Sol tournament.  O’Driscoll had seven birdies in his final round which included coming home in 32 strokes at the Lauro Golf Resort.  O’Driscoll’s six under par final round brought the Paris based professional back onto -1 for the tournament.  This week’s performance follows his 34th place finish last week at the Citadelle Trophy in France.  O’Driscoll has one more regular season event next month before the season ending Grand Final.  The current run of form is a major boost for the rookie professional who turned pro earlier this year after winning a full card on the Alps Tour.  The Cork native is based in the ClementAder Resort outside Paris.

Alps Costa del Sol – Final Scoreboard

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Turner ready for Maybank, O’Driscoll on learning curve

Niall Turner has recovered from illness and is ready for his fourth event of the Asian Tour as he tee’s it up in Malaysia tomorrow.  The Waterfall man narrowly made the cut in Bangladesh last weekend, having to wait until the second round was complete to see if he’s be playing for the weekend.  Despite making the cut, he was forced to retire before the start of the third round due to illness.

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Niall Turner pictured on the 1st tee in Royal Selangor GC in Kuala Lumpur, picture Kenneth Quillinan

Turner has made the journey south to Kuala Lumpur for the Maybank Championship Malaysia.  This is Niall’s first event of the season which is co-sanctioned Continue reading

O’Driscoll starts life as a Tour Pro

Tommy O’Driscoll played his first round as a professional golfer today, and he carded a very respectable 75 on the Alps Tour in Egypt.  The season opener started today in Sokhna golf Clurse, the first of three weeks in Egypt.  O’Driscoll is just outside the top 50 heading into the second round.  Tommy’s younger brother Eamonn was also in action, the Mallow based amateur carded an opening 83 while David Carey shot a 69 for a share of 5th place.

O’Driscoll Brothers set to tee it up on Alps Tour

Brothers Tommy & Eamonn O’Driscoll will be in action in the first Alps Tour event of the season.  The season kicks off in Egypt next week with the Red Sea El Ein Bay Open in Sokhna GC.  There are two further events in Egypt in February and both brothers will have a chance to test themselves against a field of emerging and seasoned professionals.

Tommy O'Driscoll & Eamonn O'DriscollTommy played several events on the Alps Tour last year and secured a full tour card at the recent qualifying school in France.  Although he’s still playing as an amateur, it’s likely Continue reading