Ecstatic Power claims individual honours as Wake Forest win Battle at Briar’s Creek

John Craven

Mark Power with the Wake Forest Men's Golf Team - image via Wake Forest University

Mark Power claimed the individual medallist honours as he spearheaded the Wake Forest men’s golf team to their first title of the season at the Battle at Briar’s Creek.

The Deacs ran out comfortable nine shot winners at Johns Island, S.C. having trailed by eight shots with a little over 18 holes to play.

That was much thanks to Kilkenny man Power who went bogey-free on Tuesday, hitting every green in regulation in a four-under par round of 68 that proved good enough for a four-stroke victory at nine-under par.

It’s the Senior’s second individual title having burst onto the scene as a freshman to capture the prestigious East Lake Cup in 2019.

“It felt amazing to win,” said Power who represented GB&I at the Walker Cup in 2021.

“It’s been a while since I won an individual event, so to play the way I did today under the circumstances was really satisfying.

“I hit every green in regulation and didn’t make a bogey all day, so it was a nice way to win. I had coach Aaron walking with me all round and we got in a great rhythm.

“It’s great to see the hard work paying off, not only for me but for our team in general, so hopefully we can carry some momentum into our coming events.”

Head Coach Jerry Haas was full of praise for Power upon his return to winning form.

“How about Mark Power,” said Haas. “He hit every green today and was bogey free. I am so happy to see it. I’ve always thought for Mark that the sky’s the limit for him and I’m happy that it all came together this week.”

It’s the second time in programme history that both the men’s and women’s teams at Wake Forest captured titles on the same day after Castlewarden’s Lauren Walsh also helped the Deacs to victory at the UCF Challenge on Tuesday.

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