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Power bags podium finish but Wake Forest pipped in playoff

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Mark Power top-scored for the Wake Forest men’s golf team who finished regulation stroke play in a tie for first place with host Florida State at the Seminole Invitational at Camp Creek Golf Club. After two playoff holes, the Deacs dropped by one stroke to the Seminoles.

Wake Forest had four players finish inside the top-20 while the team shot 22-under par in their first collegiate tournament since March 2020. Sophomore Power fired six birdies in a four-under par round of 68 to propel himself to a podium finish. The Kilkenny star, who won the prestigious East Lake Cup just two months into his time at Wake Forest, posted a seven-under par 54-hole total, leading home Freshman teammates Michael Brennan and Parker Gillam who both tied fifth.

“To start the spring season playing this kind of golf gives us a little glimpse of how good we can be. With that being said, we have a really long way to go. Other teams will improve and we will have to improve as well. We have wonderful team chemistry and it’s a great year to be a Demon Deacon golfer.” head coach Jerry Haas.

Gillam recovered from a tough first nine of the day with four birdies over his final nine holes. After an opening round score of 74, Brennan recovered quickly with a bogey-free second round score of 66 and final round 70. Junior Alex Fitzpatrick had his best round of the event on Monday and ended up finishing in a tie for 20th.

What’s Next – The Deacs will travel to Tucson, Ariz. for the Arizona Intercollegiate Jan. 25-27 at Sewailo Golf Club.

Team Round One Round Two Round Three Total
1 Florida State 285 279 278 842 (-22)
2 Wake Forest 282 280 280 842 (-22)
3 Clemson 276 288 281 845 (-19)
4 Duke 283 286 285 854 (-10)
5 North Carolina 288 288 289 865 (+1)
6 Notre Dame 291 297 279 867 (+3)
7 Georgia Tech 293 290 288 871 (+7)
8 Louisville 295 300 277 872 (+8)
9 Virginia 298 292 295 885 (+21)
10 Virginia Tech 294 307 308 909 (+45)

 

Player Round One Round Two Round Three Total
T3 Mark Power 67 74 68 209 (-7)
T5 Michael Brennan 74 66 70 210 (-6)
T5 Parker Gillam 67 73 70 210 (-6)
T20 Alex Fitzpatrick 74 69 74 217 (+1)
T30 Eric Bae 76 72 72 220 (+4)
T34 Fulton Smith* 72 75 74 221 (+5)

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