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.
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.
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
The third round of the Irish Boys took place today at Castle Golf Club and four Cork golfers are through to the final round. John Murphy (Kinsale) and Eamonn O’Driscoll (Clement Ader) were both safely through to the final round but there was an anxious wait for Sean Desmond and Eric Rumley. Desmond, fresh from Monkstown’s Senior Cup wins last weekend, had a birdie on the 18th to sign for a 73. He was pretty confident of making it into the final round but it looked like Eric would miss out by one. Dropped shots in the closing holes Jack Hearn and Brian O’Connell brought all of the +14’s inside the cut. Eamonn O’Driscoll is just outside the top 20 on +9 and John Murphy is also on +9. Both however are well off the joint leaders on -6. Mark Power and Thomas Mulligan are both six Continue reading
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 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
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.
Tommy O’Driscoll pictured with his brother Eamonn after the final round of the Copa Andalucia
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 Continue reading