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.