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

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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Another Solid Finish for Tommy O’Driscoll

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Tommy O’Driscoll made his second successive cut on the Mediterranean Tour this week.  The Cork born Paris based professional put three good rounds together to finish in 14th place from the overall field of over 50 golfers.

The event was the second stage on the 2016 Mediterranean Tour, and Tommy’s second cheque on the tour.  The tour was cut from three to two events but there was an increased prize fund for both events.

Tommy has a break for a few weeks before he returns to action on the Alps Tour in Tunisia.  His brother Eamonn will be in action this week in the French Boys which takes place in Omaha Beach in northern France.

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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

Solid Start for O’Driscoll’s 2016 Campaign

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.

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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

Castlehaven’s O’Driscoll heading for Alps Tour

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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