John Murphy during the final round. Alps Tour 2017: Open Golf Clement Ader Paris. Credit: Tristan Jones
Kinsale’s John Murphy is heading back to Ireland tomorrow after two exciting events in France. Just over a week ago he was playing in the French Amateur Open and although he dropped a few shot on the final day, that was still good enough to finish in a tie for 20th place. Murphy had been as high as fifth in the competition before the final round.
After the French Open in Chantilly it was on to Thomas O’Driscoll’s Clement Ader Golf for his first professional competition on the Alps Tour. John was one of several Irish amateurs who were invited to play in the tournament by O’Driscoll. Murphy was in the top ten after the first round and was the only Irish golfer to make the 36 hole cut. Murphy added a second 76 in his final round and finished in 33rd place. Murphy was three under through the first three holes on the final round, but a double on the fourth killed the momentum. His four over par round saw him drop a few places in the final standings but the US Continue reading
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
Castlehaven born teenager Tommy O’Driscoll is on the verge of turning professional after he secured a full card on the Alps tour in France recently. It has been a case of steady progression for the 19 year old golfer with strong West Cork links. In his first visit to the Alps Tour Q school he finished inside the top 100. Last year he was 65th and two weeks ago he finished in 18th place to earn a full tour card on Continue reading