Power inspires Wake Forest turnaround at Valspar Collegiate

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Mark Power played a pivotal role in a big final round comeback from the Wake Forest men’s golf team on Tuesday at the Valspar Collegiate in Florida.

The Kilkenny talent lit up the scoreboard on the final day, signing for a four-under par round of 67 to bolt 14 places up the individual table into a tie for 14th at four-under.

Power carded rounds of 69, 73 and 67 for the two-day event as he continues to trend nicely following his second individual win for the Deacs last month at the Battle of Briar’s Creek.

As a team, the Demon Deacons carded their best round of the week and one of the best rounds in the field, turning in a 275 (-9). Only the 10-under third round in the Battle of Briar’s Creek was a better round in relation to par this season.

Wake Forest moved up two spots and tied for ninth in the tournament with a 54-hole score of 847 (-5), finishing ahead of No. 18 Georgia Southern, No. 26 Northwestern and No. 48 Houston while also being tied with No. 37 Duke.

“We led this nationally elite field in under par holes, led the field In Eagles made, but we’re just too erratic,” reflected Head Coach Jerry Haas.

“We are a very young team that’s got to go through some growing pains before they get better. I think we had the third or fourth best round today and moved a few spots.

“We are hopefully peaking at the right time for Calusa Pines next week and then the ACC Championship. I am proud to be a Deacon.”

The Demon Deacons are back on the course Sunday when the Deacs travel to Naples for the Calusa Cup from April 2-4. Last season, Wake Forest finished third in the event ahead of four top-25 teams.

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