Power breaks school record for three-round score with 198; wins individual title at Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate

Tuesday, October 09, 2007


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Oct. 9, 2007) - In his four seasons at ETSU, former Buccaneer great Rhys Davies (Bridgend, Wales) spent his time rewriting the men's golf record books. Well, it didn't take long for one of his more impressive marks to fall.


            Sophomore Seamus Power (Waterford, Ireland) fired a final round 4-under-par 67 during third round play Tuesday in the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate at the Old Overton Club, finishing tied for the individual championship with host Alabama's Mark Harrell, as the two ended their day at 15-under 198 for the tournament. Power's efforts - which included rounds of 65-66-67 - bested the previous three-round record of 14-under 199 held by Davies, who enjoyed those three outstanding days in the 2004-05 NCAA East Regional.


            "Coach reminded me of Rhys' record yesterday, and told me it was out there so I was glad to make some putts and get it," said Power, who now has two individual championships in his time at ETSU, including the 2007 Atlantic Sun Conference championship. "The conference tournament is not as strong a field, so it's good to do this against some strong teams. I was only 1-under with five to play but was able to birdie 14, 15 and 16 to get to 15-under."


            ETSU head coach Fred Warren said the key to Power's efforts were his consistency throughout the tournament.


            "Today, he played a really solid round and it was a very fine performance from start to finish in the tournament," Warren said. "Unfortunately, the rest of the guys struggled and the team did not fare well, but I'm proud of Seamus and his win in a very good field."


            In the team competition, the Bucs finished 10th at 2-under, while host Alabama ran away with the team title at 42-under-par, 17 strokes better than second place UAB.


Along with Power's championship effort, the only other ETSU results of note included a tie for 40th by freshman Rhys Enoch (Cornwall, England) and a tie for 42nd by senior Gareth Shaw (Lisburn, Northern Ireland). The Bucs return to Johnson City and will enjoy one day of rest before practice round play begins Friday in the ETSU hosted Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at The Ridges.


            First round play in the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at The Ridges will begin Friday morning and continue throughout the weekend. Admission is free, and fans unable to attend the event can watch live scoring provided at Golfstat.com.


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