Former Buccaneer Seamus Power earns first eGolf Tour Title at River Run Classic

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Davidson, NC (Mar. 30, 2012) – Former ETSU men’s golf standout Seamus Power (Waterford, Ireland) entered the final round of the eGolf Tour’s River Run Classic with a three-shot lead following rounds of 64-66—130 to start his week. On a picture perfect day just north of Charlotte, NC, Power made good on his vast potential with a final-round 70 to post a three-day total of 16-under 200 and capture his first eGolf Tour title, as well as the $15,000 first-place prize.

Entering Friday’s final round, Power was in sole possession of the lead at 14-under par, three shots clear of Canadian Cam Burke, and five shots ahead of Kevin Foley of Somerville, NJ.

Early on in the final round, it looked as though Burke might try and steal Power’s thunder. Birdies at Nos. 1 and 2 moved Burke to 13-under, while a birdie-bogey stretch on Nos. 2 and 3 by Power closed the gap to just one shot with 15 holes to play.

“When he birdied the first two holes, it kind of became a two-horse race,” said Power, 25. “To be honest, that kind of relaxed me a bit as there were fewer players to worry about out there. It was really just me and Cam.”

Power birdied the par-4 fifth to move back to 15-under, but a three-putt bogey at the ninth left him at even-par for the day and at 14-under, where he began the round.

Meanwhile, Burke hit an eight-hole string of pars that did little to threaten Power’s title chances. The par streak came to an end with a bogey at the par-4 11th, and when Power added a birdie at the par-5 12th, the lead was back up to three shots.

“I made a good 8-foot par putt at 10, and when I birdied 12, that gave me a good cushion again at three shots,” Power said. “After that, I birdied 13 to get to 16-under and four ahead. From there, I just wanted to get to No. 18 – I wasn’t going to let up until I did.”

The birdie at 13 gave way to pars at 14, 15 and 16 by both Power and Burke. Power bogeyed the tough par-3 17th to fall to 15-under, but with a three-shot lead in tow, the former East Tennessee State golfer had more than enough room to play the 18th with the demeanor of a champion.

A closing eagle by Burke was icing on the runner-up cake, but did little to diminish a closing birdie by Power, who finished with a final-round 70 and a 16-under total, good for a two-shot victory.

“This win is great for me,” said Power, who moved up to No. 7 on the tour’s money list with earnings of $20,893. “The money obviously helps, but more importantly, it moves me further up the money list where I can hopefully get Q-School paid for by finishing in the top 20. That was one of my goals this year, so this helps a lot.”

The win for Power was foreshadowed a bit by good early-round play at last week’s Irish Creek Classic. Rounds of 62-70 gave him the tournament’s 18- and 36-hole leads, but closing rounds of 73-72 left him T22 on the week. Regardless, that experience paid dividends at River Run, where Power played like a seasoned veteran chasing win No. 10, not win No. 1.

“I consider myself to be a fast learner, and I learned a lot from last week,” he said. “I started trying to force some putts at Irish Creek, and did a poor job of just letting things happen. This week, I just tried to stay in the present and let it happen as opposed to forcing the issue.”

With the victory, Power was awarded a one-year, full membership to River Run Country Club, as part of a promotion put together by the club’s members. Power’s membership will include full access to the golf course and practice facilities, as well as the swim and tennis facilities, and the club’s member dining room.

“It’s fantastic. I live about 10 minutes from here, and can’t wait to come out and use the facility as a member,” said Power. “Just to be able to come out here and putt on some of the best greens around is huge. Add to that the full membership, and it’s a fantastic situation.”

The 2009 Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year and four-time A-Sun All-Conference selection owns the eighth best scoring average in a season in ETSU history with his 72.10 average during the 2006-07 season. He won the individual title at the 2010 Atlantic Sun Championship, while also earning Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year in 2007.

River Run Classic

River Run Country Club

Par 72; 7,208 yards

Final Results

 

1. Seamus Power, Ireland, $15,000.00, *64-66-70-200 -16
2. Cam Burke, Ontario, Canada, $8,000.00, *62-71-69-202 -14
3. Jonas Enander Hedin, Charlotte, NC, $5,900.00, *69-68-69-206 -10
4. Mitchell Krywulycz, Australia, $4,570.00, *70-69-70-209 -7
5. Fernando Mechereffe, Charlotte, NC, $3,466.67, *69-71-70-210 -6
5. Matt Hill, Ontario, Canada, $3,466.67, *67-73-70-210 -6
5. Kevin Foley, Somerville, NJ, $3,466.67, *70-65-75-210 -6
8. David Robinson, Sandersville, GA, $2,180.00, *72-70-69-211 -5
8. John Hahn, Las Vegas, NV, $2,180.00, *69-73-69-211 -5
8. Mikel Martinson, Lubbock, TX, $2,180.00, *73-68-70-211 -5
8. Jarred Texter, Millersville, PA, $2,180.00, *71-69-71-211 -5
8. Jerry Richardson, Cary, NC, $2,180.00, *68-69-74-211 -5
13. Chesson Hadley, Raleigh, NC, $1,750.00, *71-71-70-212 -4
13. Andrew McLardy, Greensboro, NC, $1,750.00, *72-69-71-212 -4
15. Peter Malnati, Dandridge, TN, $1,516.67, *71-72-70-213 -3
15. Dustin Bray, Asheboro, NC, $1,516.67, *70-72-71-213 -3
15. Tomas Cocha, Argentina, $1,516.67, *69-72-72-213 -3
18. Chris Thompson, Lawrence, KS, $1,331.25, *74-68-72-214 -2
18. Will Mitchell, Ontario, Canada, $1,331.25, *71-71-72-214 -2
18. Lanto Griffin, Blacksburg, VA, $1,331.25, *66-73-75-214 -2
18. David Lutterus, Australia, $1,331.25, *69-69-76-214 -2
22. Stephen Hale, Bakersfield, CA, $1,175.00, *71-73-71-215 -1
22. Kyle Gallo, Berlin, CT, $1,175.00, *74-70-71-215 -1
22. Rafael Campos, Puerto Rico, $1,175.00, *74-70-71-215 -1
22. Chris Kamin, Phoenix, AZ, $1,175.00, *75-69-71-215 -1
22. Sebastian Saavedra, Argentina, $1,175.00, *70-72-73-215 -1
22. Christopher Ross, Owosso, MI, $1,175.00, *71-72-72-215 -1
22. Thomas Curtis, England, $1,175.00, *72-70-73-215 -1
29. Iain Hall, Charlotte, NC, $973.00, *72-72-72-216 E
29. Martin Jeppesen, Saline, MI, $973.00, *69-75-72-216 E
29. George Bryan IV, Chapin, SC, $973.00, *73-71-72-216 E
29. Josh Gallman, Gaffney, SC, $973.00, *73-70-73-216 E
29. Bobby MacWhinnie, Charlotte, NC, $973.00, *71-72-73-216 E
29. Brian Bateman, Monroe, LA, $973.00, *72-70-74-216 E
29. Chip Lynn, Lillington, NC, $973.00, *72-70-74-216 E
29. Martin Ureta, Chapel Hill, NC, $973.00, *68-74-74-216 E
29. Sam Beach, Glen Allen, VA, $973.00, *69-73-74-216 E
29. Elliot Gealy, Salisbury, NC, $973.00, *72-69-75-216 E
39. Will  Collins, Salisbury, NC, $835.00, *67-77-73-217 +1
39. Sean Moore, Marshville, NC, $835.00, *73-71-73-217 +1
39. Will Golden, Auburn, AL, $835.00, *75-68-74-217 +1
39. Tommy Gibson, Vero Beach, FL, $835.00, *70-73-74-217 +1
39. Brent Delahoussaye, Greenville, SC, $835.00, *68-74-75-217 +1
39. Fernando Figueroa, Chapel Hill, NC, $835.00, *72-69-76-217 +1
45. David Griffiths, England, $800.00, *71-71-76-218 +2
46. Drew Weaver, High Point, NC, $775.00, *71-73-75-219 +3
46. Gordon Strother, St. Simons Island, GA, $775.00, *73-71-75-219 +3
46. Matthew Ryan, Santa Clarita, CA, $775.00, *73-71-75-219 +3
46. Michael Sims, St. Simons Island, GA, $775.00, *71-69-79-219 +3
50. Henry Zaytoun, Raleigh, NC, $740.00, *73-71-76-220 +4
50. Brett Stegmaier, Vero Beach, FL, $740.00, *74-70-76-220 +4
50. Marcus Manley, Lake Buena Vista, FL, $740.00, *72-71-77-220 +4
53. Matthew Harmon, Grand Rapids, MI, $720.00, *71-72-78-221 +5
54. Brien Davis, Oklahoma City, OK, $710.00, *73-71-80-224 +8
55. Luke Hart, Blythewood, SC, $700.00, *74-69-83-226 +10

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