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Power still going low on eGolf Tour.

June 25th, 2014 9:02 pm by Joe Avento

How hot has Seamus Power been?

The former East  Tennessee State golfer, playing on the eGolf Tour, has 15 consecutive rounds in the 60s.

Power’s latest round was his best, a closing 62 that put him in a tie for fifth at the Mimosa Hills Open in Morganton, N.C.

Power, a two-time Atlantic Sun Conference individual champion, has played in eight tournaments this year and his worst finish is sixth place. He is the tour’s leading money winner with $46,664, about $16,000 more than his nearest competitor. He earned his third victory on the eGolf Tour earlier in the year.

His 62, which included six birdies and an eagle, left him 17 under par, fives shots behind the winner. He hasn’t shot in the 70s since mid-April.

Garland Green of Tazewell, Virginia, and a former winner of the Graysburg Hills Amateur, finished second at Mimosa Hills.

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The next event on the Tri-Cities Amateur Tour is the Link Hills Invitational, to be played this weekend in Greeneville. After that, the East Tennessee Amateur will be played over Fourth of July weekend at Elizabethton Golf Course.

Ben Campbell’s victory in the Graysburg Hills Amateur tightened the race for the area’s player of the year. Campbell, who posted rounds of 71 and 69 to win by two shots over Bodie Bible, moved into second place in the season standings. He’s five points behind (70-65) Tillinghast Invitational winner Chip Spratlin, who retained his lead with a sixth-place finish at Graysburg.

Larence Largent is third with 40 points, while Bible is fourth with 35 and Bryan Sangid is fifth with 32.5.

In the seniors division, Jimmy Whittenburg’s second-place finish at Graysburg moved him into first place in points. He holds a small (67-62.5) lead over Mike Freels. Marc Runyan, who won the Tilinghast, is third with 53 points, while Jeff Hall, who won the Graysburg senior title, is fourth with 53 and Bill Hardin is fifth with 35.

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It appeared as though ETSU would have one less golf opponent to worry about at the Southern Conference tournament next year. Earlier this year, Furman announced it would drop men’s golf beginning with the coming school year.

However, the alumni didn’t take the news sitting down. A group, led by PGA Tour player Brad Faxon, put together a a plan that would fund the program in the short term and begin to endow scholarships.

The program was reinstated 18 days after it was dropped.

It should be a nice rivalry once ETSU returns to the Southern Conference for the next school year. The Bucs have 17 SoCon titles, most of any school. Furman is second with 13.

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For any weekend golfer who has always wanted to play like Tiger Woods, you had your chance on Wednesday. When Woods started his comeback from back surgery in the pro-am at the Quicken Loans National, he hit his first two tee shots in the water. He hit some good shots too, but that wasn’t the kind of start he wanted.

The real thing starts today when he tees off with Jordan Spieth and Jason Day. Tiger hasn’t played competitively in 109 days.

Joe Avento is a staff writer for the Johnson City Press. Contact him at javento@johnsoncitypress.com.

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