Mark Power got off to a solid start at the Calusa Cup after he fired an opening round of 71 in Florida.
The Kilkenny native is one-under after the first day at Calusa Pines Golf Club despite throwing in a late double-bogey.
Power, who is a student at Wake Forest, is in a share of 14th place and six shots off the early lead held by Ricky Castillo who shot a superb round of 65 that included a closing eagle three.
The 21-year-old roared out of the traps with three birdies in his first eight holes before a bogey on the 9th saw him turn in 34.
A run of five successive pars was arrested by a birdie on the 15th as Power moved to three-under for the day but a damaging double-bogey five on the par-3 16th dropped him back to one-under and left him with little time to recover the damage.
The former Walker Cup star is still in the mix with 36 holes to play and it has been a positive start for Wake Forest in general with the University currently ranked third in the team standings on three-under.
They trail Florida by nine strokes but Power’s teammates Michael Brennan and Clay Stirsman are in contention on two and three-under respectively.
Meanwhile, Mairead Martin won her match at the Wolfpack Match Play but it was a tough day for Louisville University as they went down 4-1 to the University of South Carolina.
Martin secured a convincing 4&3 win over Worapitcha Anudit in a match she led from the front.
The Cork native was in command all day and raced to 3UP through as many holes and despite being pegged back to the minimum by her opponent, she regained her composure to turn in 3UP after winning holes eight and nine.
Martin won the 10th to extend her advantage to four and held out from there with a par on the par-5 15th enough to secure the point at Lonnie Poole Golf Course at NC State.