PGA Tour golfer Seamus Power took some time out of his break back in Ireland when he spent a few hours in Monkstown Golf Club on Saturday for a special golf clinic for members. Power was in Monkstown following an invite from his college team-mate Cian McNamara. The pair spent a four years in East Tennessee University, both were on the college’s golf roster following impressive junior golf performances in Ireland. McNamara returned to Ireland, studied for his PGA qualifications and two years ago he landed the job in Monkstown. Power stayed in the US and spent a few years developing his game on the mini-tours. The mini-tours in the US are a tough learning ground but Power served his time and moved up the hierarchy step by step until he reached the secondary US tour, the web.com tour. Following a great year on the web.com tour last year, Power secured his card on the main PGA Tour, and followed that with four successive cuts in his four most recent tournaments. Power has earned close to $100k so far from the four events and is currently inside the top 100 in the FedEx Cup points list. The good start to the season means that Seamus will qualify for more events over the next two months.
Following two on-course clinics for members, Seamus moved indoors and opened to floor to a packed club house. The questions varied from technical golf questions to his tour experiences, his hopes and plans for the current season and how he is approaching his first season on the main tour. And he even took a few questions on the off-course end of the Olympics. In addition to the questions from Monkstown members, Cian was also able to question Seamus on the technical aspects of his swing, such as small changes to his backswing that Cian was able to spot from television when he was featuring at the top of the weekend leaderboard recently.
Monkstown’s McNamara was delighted that his friend could help him out on a break from the US Tour. “Myself and Seamus have been friends since we were young, we got to know each other through the Munster coaching panels while working with Fred Twomey.” said Cian who himself had several amateur wins alongside Power. “We played on Munster and
Irish teams alongside each other and then went to college together. We spent four years in the US in East Tennessee so I guess you could say we grew up alongside each other. I’m very grateful to Seamus for taking time to come down to Monkstown. It was a great occasion of the club and I’m sure it will be talked about for years to come. Seamus spent the day signing autographs, taking pictures and answering all of the questions that were asked. I’m very lucky to have him as a friend, his golf game is obviously at world class level but the way he conducts himself just shows how he is comfortable in that environment.”
Monkstown Captain Martin Walsh was also delighted with the event, and was captivated by the Waterford native: “I found Seamus Power’s clinic brilliant, his simple views on concentration, swing thoughts and outcome were a lesson for all of us. He is a fine ambassador for Ireland and the game of golf. He has a very warm interaction with the golfing public beyond his years. The members in Monkstown found his Q&A session fascinating, he gave a marvellous insight into life as rookie on tour and everyone present wished him the v best in his quest for golfing greatness.”
Although McNamara and Power in different areas of the game, both are still working in a tough but rewarding industry. Cian is now in his fourth year in Monkstown and the Limerick native is delighted to have settled in Cork: “Monkstown is a great place to work, it’s a very progressive club from the condition of the course, the improvements made to facilities and the results from teams at national level. I think from my short time in the Head Pro’s position this is an important ethos for all clubs to value. I’d really like to thank Seamus and I’m happy that it contributed to the club in a small way.”