Seamus Power found himself back atop of the leaderboard last week, and the former East Tennessee State golfer definitely enjoyed the view.
Power picked up his third eGolf Tour victory Saturday at the Cowan's Ford Open.
"It was a pleasant surprise," he said. "A win is always nice. I hadn't won in a while."
Power put together rounds of 70, 67 and 69 to win by four shots. In the final round, he had five birdies, something he attributed to some winter swing work.
"I did a lot of work in the offseason, trying to go about my swing a little differently," he said.
While Power said it wasn't a wholesale swing change, it was just enough to make a difference.
"Just a couple of tweaks I needed to make," he said.
Those tweaks resulted in a $12,500 paycheck.
"You usually like to think you're going down the right path, but once you get some results to back up that idea, it kind of adds to your confidence," Power said.
Power, who came to ETSU from West Waterford, Ireland, won five tournaments for the Bucs. He was the Atlantic Sun Conference's player of the year in 2009 and the league's individual champion in 2007 and 2010.
He returned to his winning ways at Cowans Ford Country Club in Stanley, N.C., adding to a pair of eGolf Tour victories he had in 2012.
"I drove the ball very well," the 27-year-old said. "My long game was very steady. I was never in a whole lot of trouble and my wedges were very good. My short game has always been really good. It's held me in there. The short game still hasn't come around where I want it to be.
"I hope to pull it all together for the second half of the year."
Power hadn't won for a year and a half, so getting back on top figures to help his confidence as he goes forward in his quest for higher levels of professional golf.
"It's nice to win, but my overall goal is to earn a Web.com card for next year," he said. "In my head, this is a stepping stone, a way to make some money before I get to the next level."
Power has been making money on the Charlotte, N.C.-based developmental tour for a few years. He finished fourth on the eGolf Tour's money list last year with more than $55,000 in earnings. He was seventh in 2012 with more than $59,000.
This year, a pair of top-five finishes along with the victory have him atop the money-winning list at $21,364 in three events.
The eGolf Tour has turned out some noteworthy players, including Chesson Hadley, who won the PGA Tour's event in Puerto Rico in March. Fourteen players with eGolf Tour experience earned PGA Tour cards last year, including Jefferson County's Peter Malnati.
"It's kind of selfish when we see that because you're the one that wants to be doing that," Power said. "You just hope your time will come."
Power has played in one Web.com Tour event, and he's hoping to make it through qualifying school at the end of this year to get a full-time card. That would be the next step toward the PGA Tour.
"Just getting your foot in the door is the big thing," he said. "That's going to be the next step."comments powered by Disqus