He’s been there before and if all goes well in 2023, he’ll be there again.
Kilkenny’s Mark Power, currently in his final year at Wake Forest in the US, has been included as one of six Irish contenders in a 19-man provisional squad name for the Great Britain and Ireland team ahead of next year’s Walker Cup at St. Andrews. The biennial encounter between GB&I and the USA is headng to the Old Course on 2-3 September. Power was there in 2021 as part of the team that slipped to a 14-12 defeat at Seminole at the hands of the US.
Should he feature in the final squad, could be there alongside Cork’s Peter OKeeffe, Matt McLean, Robert Moran, Hugh Foley and Liam Nolan.
“We have selected a talented group of players who are key to our preparations for the Walker Cup and share our determination to win back the trophy from the United States of America”, says Stuart Wilson, GB&I captain.
“We will be getting together in St Andrews so that the players can really get to grips with the Old Course, understand its subtleties and learn from those individuals who have vast experience of the links. Our aim is to select a team which will give us the best chance of winning the match next year. In that regard, we will continue to monitor the players’ performances in amateur events over the coming months and provide them with support and advice. There is also still time for golfers not included in the squad to play their way into our plans and we will be keeping a close eye on their results too.”
The final ten-man team won’t be announced until August 2023. Power, still in the amateur ranks though not far off a pro turn, made an appearance at the Horizon Irish Open in Mount Juliet this year, that event in 2023 taking place 7-10 September in a calendar switch leaving it just days after the Walker Cup.