PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Dec. 17, 2014) – Former ETSU men’s golf great Seamus Power (Waterford, Ireland) earned his Web.com Tour card after finishing tied for fifth in the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament, which concluded on Tuesday in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Power, a two-time Atlantic Sun individual champion, finished the six-day, 108-hole tournament at 16-under-par 413 (68-70-71-68-68-68). Overall, Power posted six straight sub-par rounds and totaled one eagle and 27 birdies for the tournament. Power opened the tournament with a 4-under 68 on Thursday at the PGA National Fazio Course and finished things up with a 3-under 68 on Tuesday at the PGA National Course. Power began the final round in seventh, but birdied his final two holes to move into the top-five.
“It was a huge step in my career finishing in the top 10 this week," said Power. “I now feel I am one huge step closer to my goal of playing and competing on the PGA Tour. I played very well this week, all aspects of my game were in good shape and held up well under pressure. The courses were demanding – especially the Champion Course – so it was important to have everything sharp to avoid being exposed by the course."
The competition began last Thursday and featured 150 players, while being played at the PGA National Resort and Spa’s Champion course and Fazio course.
Power, who was the leading money winner on the eGolf Tour with $78,154.63 in earnings in 15 events, won $15,000 after posting a top 10 finish this week in Florida.
Overall, the top 45 finishers earned their Web.com tour card on Tuesday, while medalist Brad Fritsch is guaranteed full-exempt status next year. Players Nos. 2-10 (and ties) will be subject to the third reshuffle next year and players Nos. 11-45 (and ties) will be subject to the second reshuffle. Players outside the top 45 and ties earn conditional status. However, they will alternate with Nos. 76-100 on the Web.com Tour regular-season money list, as well as Nos. 2-5 on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica, PGA Tour Canada and PGA Tour China money lists.
Fritsch won the tournament with a total score of 27-under-par 402.
Power will now travel back home for the holiday, but looks forward to returning back to the states to prepare for the 2015 season.
"My immediate plans are to fly home to Ireland this weekend to visit family and friends," Power said. "I will be at home for a couple of weeks before I come back to the U.S. and start preparation with my coach for the season. My goals in 2015 will include winning on the Web.com tour and earning my PGA tour card by finishing in the top 25 on the money list."
The 2015 Web.com tournament schedule has yet to be released.
Power earned his spot in this past week’s tournament after winning a Web.com Q School tournament on Nov. 21. Power carded an 11-under-par 273 at Plantation Preserve Golf Course in Plantation, Florida to win by five strokes.
The 2009 A-Sun Golfer of the Year graduated with honors in accounting from ETSU in 2010.
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