RIO DE JANEIRO (Aug. 11, 2016) – Former ETSU men’s golfer Seamus Power (Waterford, Ireland) carded an even-par 71 in the first round of the Olympic men’s golf tournament on Thursday from the Rio Olympics Golf Course.
Power – who played for the Buccaneers from 2007-10 – totaled two birdies, 14 pars and two bogeys en route to placing him in a tie for 27th in the 60-player field after 18 holes of competition.
Power bogeyed the par-4, 486-yard No. 2, but he quickly came back with back-to-back birdies on No. 4 (par-3) and No. 5 (par-5) to go 1-under. The Waterford, Ireland native, remained at 1-under following 11 straight pars until a bogey on the par-3, 133-yard 17th moved him to even.
Australia’s Marcus Fraser sits atop the leaderboard at 8-under 63, while reigning Open Champion Henrik Stenson and Canada’s Graham DeLaet are tied for second at 5-under 66.
Following opening round play, Power finds himself ahead of Patrick Reed (+1), Bubba Watson (+2) and Rickie Fowler (+4).
Power will again be paired with S.S.P Chawrasia (India) and Wen-Tang Lin (Chinese Taipei) on Friday as they tee off at 7:52 ET. The Golf Channel will provide live television coverage of all four rounds.
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