O'Driscoll leads Irish quartet at Alps Tour Q-School
 Tommy O'Driscoll

Tommy O'Driscoll

Killarney amateur Tommy O’Driscoll fired an eagle and five birdies in an opening 69 to move into the qualifying places after the opening round of the Alps Tour Q-School in Spain.

The former Ulster Boys champion began with two bogeys at La Cala Resort’s Europa Course but birdied the third,  fifth and eighth to get back to one under.

His last 10 holes were a rollercoaster but he played them in one under as he mixed birdies at the 11th and 12th and bogeys at the ninth, 13th and 16th with an eagle three at the 17th.

He ended the day tied for 15th on two under par, five shots behind England’s George Twyman (65) but inside the top 35 and ties who will win Alps Tour cards after three rounds.

The top 65 and ties make the cut on Tuesday and Declan Loftus and David Carey are a shot inside the mark on one over after a pair of 72s.

However, The Island’s Kevin Le Blanc has work to do after making just one birdie in a four over 76 on the Asia Course.

The Boys international is tied for 94th place. Scores