Onwards and Upwards for Seamus Power

When Pat and Nora Spratt opened West Waterford Golf club back in 1993 it was for them, the realization of a life long dream. Seamus Power joined the club when he was twelve years old and it became immediately evident that he possessed a rare talent. Very quickly he progressed through the junior ranks, helping the club to three All Ireland junior foursomes titles.

BCP 7843 (202)Moving on to youths level he added three Irish Youths titles and one runner up to his impressive CV, a record that has never been equalled. Seamus represented Ireland at junior and senior level prior to receiving a scholarship to East Tennessee State University. Here he became a star collegiate player recording several wins enroute to becoming the number one player in the college.

Having graduated with a first class honors degree in accounting Seamus joined the professional ranks playing the e Tour circuit which is a developement tour in the Carolinas. In no time he made his presence felt with several wins and top ten finishes leading to second place in the money list for 2014. Now 27 years of age Seamus was to embark upon the most difficult challenge in his career, to qualify for a tour card on the Web.com tour (the main feeder to the PGA tour). From an initial entry in excess of 1700 players.

Seamus progressed through the qualifying stages to earn himself a place in the final play offs in West Palm Beach Florida. Participation in the final is regarded by senior tour players as the most nerve wrecking experience they will ever endure. Playing over six consecutive rounds on two of the toughest courses in the U.S, Seamus played the golf of his life to become one of only 2 players to break par in every round. He finished the gruelling six round challenge on 16 under par in a tie for 5th place, a remarkable result by any standards, to secure a first class card on the Web.com tour for 2015.

This priceless gift is in effect his passport to the highest echelons in world professional golf. Lest there be any illusions, this magnificent achievement is the result of years of hard work, dedication, and no small amount of talent. As we salute Seamus on his achievement, we wish him well in his quest for the ultimate goal. A place on the main PGA tour.

As West Waterford’s 21st year draws to a close Pat and Nora’s dream is rapidly becoming the stuff of fairytales with Seamus Power presently playing the leading role.

Seamus Power - Player Bio

Height: 6'2"
Hometown: Waterford, Ireland
Previous School: St. Augustine's College

powerseamusFall 2008: Finished third on the team with a 74.0 stroke average in the fall ... his best finish of the early season was a tie for 18th in the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate ... his 72 in the second round of the Carpet Capital Collegiate was his low round of the fall. 2007-08 Season:

Set a new school record with his three round score of 198 on way to winning the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate ... posted rounds of 65-66-67 at the Jerry Pate ... his 65 in the first round of the Jerry Pate was his season best ... had three Top 10 finishes and two Top 5 showings during the year ... was a second team All A-Sun selection ... was named Atlantic Sun Player of the Month in October ... it was his third career A-Sun GOTM honor ... finished third on the team with a stroke average of 73.4. 2006-07 Season: Enjoyed a fantastic freshman season, winning the Atlantic Sun Conference individual championship, finishing as a first-team All A-Sun pick and earning A-Sun Freshman of the Year honors ... he ranked third on the team in stroke average at 72.1 ... low round of the year came at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate with a 64 in the second round ... enjoyed two Top 10 finishes with a first place at the A-Sun Championships and a tie for second at the PING Arizona Intercollegiate ... won the 2007 Irish Youth Championship, marking the second time he's won that title.

Prior to ETSU: Was the 2005 Irish Youth Champion and finished fourth in the 2005 Irish Amateur ... He also played in this season's Irish Open, a European PGA Tour event. Personal: Born March 4, 1987 ... an accounting major ... son of Edmond and Philomena Power.

 

Power captures third Youths Title

Few of today’s golfers can lay claim to holding the best record in a Golfing Union of Ireland National Championship but following his victory at Lisburn Golf Club on Friday West Waterford’s Seamus

Seamus_Power33Power’s record narrowly eclipses McHenry’s on account of the silver medal won by the former as runner-up to Gareth Shaw at Royal Tara in 2006 in between his other two victories at Portumna in 2005 and on his home course last year.

It was the manner of the Waterford man’s win that will be long remembered by those who witnessed it at Lisburn Golf Club. Power opened with a 69 to lead the way after his first round and simply never relented. A course record equalling 67, which featured nine birdies, followed in round two and he again recorded the best round of the field in the third round – firing a two under par 70 in miserable conditions.

Holding a nine stroke lead entering the final round in was simply a matter of posting a solid score and that’s precisely what Power achieved – recording a 71 to run out the winner by 11 strokes. It was the second widest margin of victory in the history of the event - bettered only by Mark Gannon’s (Co Louth) 14 shot win in Athlone in 1971.

Making the grade in East Tennessee

By PHILIP REID

HOME AND AWAY SEAMUS POWER : LIFE HAS a way of finding twists and turns. Take Seamus Power, a player with one of the finest CVs in Irish junior golf who was all but destined for University College Cork

to pursue his academic studies until a meeting with an American golf coach, Fred Warren, at a junior tournament in Italy persuaded him a golfing scholarship to East Tennessee University might be worth considering.

mgolf-powerThe arguments used in the persuasion? Sun, golf, and more sun! Of course, Power - being a player with a brain as well as serious golfing skills - didn't take the coach at his word, and investigated the college's academic records as well as its golfing set-up before deciding time on the campus at East Tennessee State would be his preferred route to a degree and, ultimately, towards pursuing a professional career on tour.

Now, Power - who has the distinction of winning three Irish Youths' championship titles, a feat only previously accomplished by John McHenry - is on the home run towards completing his accountancy degree (six months to go) and, at a time when Ireland is battling floods, the 22-year-old Waterford player is enjoying temperatures in the mid-60s. "We're still in T-shirts," quips Power.

Power, of course, wasn't the first player from these shores to make the transatlantic move for college and golf to East Tennessee: former amateur internationals Cian McNamara and current Challenge Tour player Gareth Shaw are among those to have opted for student life there where there is intense competition on the regional and national golf collegiate circuits.

In his time stateside, Power - who won the Irish Youths' in 2005, '07 and '08 as well as finishing runner-up (to Shaw) in 2006 - has proven to be the key player with ETSU (or "The Buccaneers" as they are known) and has won a number of big college titles,