Seamus Power survived what he described as one of his most stressful days on the golf course — not to mention a couple of late scares — to win back his card and earn a second chance at PGA Tour glory in a nail-biting Monday finish in Florida.
The pride of Tooraneena and West Waterford closed with a level par 71 in the Web.com Tour Championship at Atlantic Beach Country Club near Jacksonville, finishing tied for 48th behind Jonathan Byrd to clinch the last of 25 cards via the Web.com Tour Finals money list by just €2,688 from 26th ranked Adam Svensson.
“It was very stressful,” Power confessed as he drove home to Charlotte to prepare for the opening event of the 2017-18 season in California later this week.
“It was so frustrating. When I didn’t get off to a good start, there was very little I could do to improve my own total so I was relying on other people not to go past me, which made it even worse.
“It was nice to sneak in there.
“There were leaderboards out there and after I got off to a bad start I was projected to 22 or 23 but then I made three or four birdies and I was projected to 26th,” Power said of the most stressful week of his life.
“It was hard to know what was going on and being on the other side of the golf course made it even more stressful.
“I got away with one in the end.
“That was about as stressed as I have ever been on the golf course when I was finishing. I was just the helplessness of the whole thing.
“That’s a horrible feeling to have.
“If you are out there and know that making some birdies coming down the stretch would make a difference, it would be a lot easier. But I am coming back down [from the stress]. I am not all the way down but I am getting there."
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.
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
Fall 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.