News digest: McGovern's preparation; Bridges survives; Power cashes in; O'Driscoll debuts

Brendan McGovern was deservedly proud of the way he claimed his European Senior Tour card at the Qualifying School in Portugal last week.

But the 50-year old Headfort professional didn't win the third of just five cards without some serious preparation, as he told LMFM's Sunday Sport.

His great love the game shines through in this interview in which he also explains how the late Christy O'Connor Jnr and Bobby Browne were an inspiration to him, not just in Portugal last week, but throughout his career.

EPD Tour

Stackstown's Richard Bridges was the only member of the Irish quartet to make the cut in the EPD Tour's Open Ocean in Morocco.

The former international added a level par 71 to his opening 69 to make it in tied 18th on two under par, eight shots behind co-leaders David Antonelli of France, who shot a 62 at Golf de L'Ocean, and Germany's Moritz Lampert (68).


The cut fell at one over 143 with Rory McNamara (148) five shots outside the mark after a 72 with Reeve Whitson (149) a shot further back and Co Meath's Ciaran Boggan on 153 after an 80. Tour

Seamus Power tied for 53rd in the Club Colombia Championship Presented by Claro in Bogota.

The 28-year old West Waterford player, who missed the cut on his 2016 debut in Panama, carded rounds of 74, 67, 68 and 76 to pick up $1,882. 

Power finished on five over par as Colombia's Sebastian Munoz won in his home town in front of friends and family. Scores

The Colombian two-putted the 72nd hole for birdie and 71 for a one stroke win on 12-under par 272 from Matt Atkins (68) and Richy Werenski (68).

Alps Tour — Pro debut for Tommy O'Driscoll

Killarney's Tommy O'Driscoll was always going to turn professional this season but he's decided to take the bull by the horns and begin his journey in Egypt on Tuesday.

The former Ulster Boys champion and Irish Boys international will tee it up in the 2016 Ein Bay Open on the Alps Tour with his brother Eamonn, still an amateur, for company.

The pair are joined at Sokhna Golf Club by David Carey.