JUNO BEACH, Florida – Nobody should have all that power, but Mark Power took advantage of his mighty game and starred for the UK and Ireland team on day one of the 48th Walker Cup.
The Wake Forest second year over Kilkenny, Ireland, was the only visiting team to win 2-0 on Saturday at Seminole Golf Club. Quade Cummins and Austin Eckroat celebrated a comeback with four of them together with compatriot and Louisville senior John Murphy before he beat the American horse, Davis Thompson, 3 and 2 in the singles.
« I played pretty consistently, just on consistently bad in some places, « said Power. “I had a small mistake with my tee shot all day on the right. So since I didn’t hit him to the left, I knew I could take the left side of the golf course out of the game and just hit that squish fade worked. «
Since Power was humble, his iron game was amazing there he hit tons of greens and didn’t build a single bogey against Thompson. Wake Forest head coach Jerry Haas in attendance was unsurprised. Will Zalatoris is the most talented player he has ever coached.
At home in Ireland, the parents voted too from Power, Eddie and Eileen Rose, their son’s game too.
« They wish they could be here, but they watch every second from home, » said Power. « They have one for me this afternoon Texted and just said that they are so proud and that I looked pretty good on TV. «
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Eddie and Eileen Rose would know. They are both accomplished amateur golfers and have won three national titles each. Eddie won the Irish male amateur in 1987, 1993 and 1998, while Eileen Rose won the Irish female amateur in 1990, 1992 and 1995. In 1994 she competed on the Curtis Cup team for Great Britain and Ireland, making them the only mother or grandparents on either side of the Walker Cup (including Tyler Strafaci’s grandfather Frank Sr. and Pierceson Coody’s grandfather Masters Champion Charles Coody) one of the two leading ones competed in international amateur competitions between the USGA and R&A.
When asked how many Irish amateurs he won, Power made a zero with his hand before claiming, « But I won two Irish U18 titles. »
« Also, my dad never played the Walker Cup so I have one with him there, » added Power.
Power and his teammates, who lost just 7-5 in two sessions, will try to win on Coming from behind on Sunday in Seminole and winning an Away Walker Cup for GB&I for the third time. Eileen Rose’s Curtis Cup squad almost did it in 1994 at the Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tennessee, despite their side holding the trophy 9-9.
« If we can get the win this week win, that would be pretty historic and just a cherry on top, « said Power. « We’re proving ourselves out here. Of course the US team is really solid, but we’re not rags, I think, as Paul Azinger said earlier on TV. »
Speaking of television: The powers are glued to the screen at home . This also applies to members of Kilkenny Golf Club, although Power has no knowledge of how the pandemic restrictions will affect a potential guard party.
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