O'Sullivan cleans up at Tralee

Mark O'Sullivan. Picture: Thos Caffrey / www.golffile.ie

Mark O'Sullivan cleaned up at the Tralee Pro-Am yesterday claiming both individual and team honours. The Piltown Driving Range pro carded a three under 69 to hold off Kilkenny's Jimmy Bolger by a shot at the Arnold Palmer designed course in Co Kerry.

Starting at the 10th, the O'Sullivan went to the turn in three under 33 with birdies at the 11th, 13th and 18th. The 33-year-old found the back nine more challenging, recording three birdies, three bogeys and three pars for a level par 36.

Bolger got off to a poor start, dropped a shot at his opening hole, the 478 yard par four 10th.

He battled back however with birdies at the 14th and 18th taking him to the turn in one under 35.

The Kilkenny based pro produced a very similar score on the back nine, dropping a shot at the par five second, before birdies at the fifth and seventh saw him home in one under 35.

In the team event, O'Sullivan's 100 point total never came under threat with David Ryan's team finishing second on 95 points.

Tralee Pro-Am, Leading Scores

1 Mark O'Sullivan (Piltown Driving Range) -3 (69)

2 Jimmy Bolger (Kilkenny GC) -2 (70)

T3 Daniel Sugrue (Killarney Golf & Fishing Club) -1 (71)

T3 Glen Robinson (St Helen's Bay Golf Resort) -1 (71)

T5 David Ryan (Cahir Park GC) E (72)

T5 John Kelly (St Margaret's Golf & CC) E (72)

T5 Graeme Dunlea (Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort E (72)

T8 Mark O'Mahony (Titleist National Fitting Centre) +1 (73)

T8 Wayne O'Callaghan (Fernhill Golf & CC) +1 (73)

T8 Michael O'Shea (Rathsallagh GC) +1 (73)

T8 Peter Jones (Coollattin GC) +1 (73)

T8 Neil O'Briain (Old Conna GC) +1 (73)

Team Scores

1 Mark O'Sullivan 100

2 David Ryan 95

T3 Daniel Sugrue 94

T3 Kenny Fahey 94

5 Peter Jones 93