(Oct. 8, 2007) - Sophomore Seamus Power (Waterford, Ireland) posted a first round score of 6-under-par 65 and followed that in the afternoon with a 5-under 66 to finish 11-under for the day and just one stroke off the pace set by Alabama's Mark Harrell after first and second round play in the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate Monday at the Old Overton Club.
Power attacked the par 71, 6,958-yard layout and is currently tied for second place on the individual leaderboard with UNLV's Seung-Su-Han. Meanwhile, on the team leaderboard, the Bucs are ninth after posting a team score of 2-under 566.
"Seamus played very well and is just one shot off the lead, so that was good to see," said ETSU head coach Fred Warren. "We did some descent things as a team, but we were just unable to get four together for a team score. We're still trying to get our legs and trying to find our top five players. It's important to come out tomorrow and put up some scores."
Power, who won the Atlantic Sun Conference individual title a year ago, said he has gained valuable experience with handling life at the top of the leaderboard, but each day presents new challenges.
"You wish you could just keep playing, because having the same game from day-to-day is what can make golf difficult," Power said. "Definitely, experience is handy, and you want to try and stay in that moment. I'll be ready to give it a go tomorrow."
While Power led the way for the Bucs, freshman Rhys Enoch (Cornwall, England) and senior Gareth Shaw (Lisburn, Northern Ireland) both finished tied for 37th at 2-over for the day. Shaw said both he and Enoch were determined to play better in Tuesday's third and final round.
"Obviously, I would prefer to play better and so would Rhys, but Seamus was really good today and that's a positive for us," Shaw said. "We know Jordan (