Killarney amateur Tommy O’Driscoll guaranteed himself an Alps Tour category for 2016 when he a level par 72 in round two of the Qualifying School at La Cala.
The former Ulster Boys champion made three birdies and three bogeys on the Asia Course to share 16th place and make the cut for the top 60 and ties by six strokes on two under par.
O’Driscoll’s gaol is now to finish inside the top 35 and ties after today’s third and final round and clinch category six membership of the developmental tour.
David Carey, who has just completed his first season on the Alps Tour, shot a one over 73 on the Asia course to make the cut with ease and share 35th spot on two over par.
The other Irish failed to progress with Declan Loftus (11 over) going out in 45 en route to an 81 on the Asia Course while amateur Kevin Le Blanc from The Island finished on 13 over after an 80 on the Europa Course.
At the top of the leaderboard, 20 year old French amateur Alexandre Daydou shot a bogey free, six under par 65 on the Asia Course to lead by two shots from countryman Victor Perez.
“My game plan was simple and I stuck to it,” Daydou told AlpsTourGolf.com. “I worked on it with my coach, Renaud Gris. Here, you have to be careful with tee shots and that was my routine for these past two rounds. I kept of targeting the safe places on fairways to have good angles to hit the greens.
“Most of the time, I did not hit the driver and I have to admit it was a good thing because I am so sick, sinusitis, that I would not have been able to finish my round.”
Exactly 65 made the cut on four over par with 16-year old Austrian Laurids Lohr, the youngest player in the field, missing out by one.