Kilkenny may be better known as hurling country but Mark Power always dreamt about hitting a different type of ball around a different type of field with a different type of stick.
It is often said that an ounce of breeding is worth a tonne of feeding and golf has always been in his blood having become accustomed to watching a steady stream of trophies gathering on the mantelpiece while growing up.
His parents, Eddie and Eileen Rose, are stars in their own right with his father landing the Irish Close on three occasions (1987, '93 and '98), while his mother did likewise in the female equivalent ('90, '92 and '95) to earn the tag of Irish golf's 'Power' couple.
There would be no pressure on Mark to follow in their footsteps, however, as he mixed his sporting endeavour with soccer and hurling during his days at Kilkenny CBS - he played representative soccer for the county - before eventually deciding that golf would be his sole focus.
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His parents played a crucial part but his rapid climb through the golfing ranks doesn't resemble other teenage prodigies like Tiger Woods and tennis star Andre Agassi where the pressure from above was often overbearing.
"You'd see pictures of Mam and Dad winning tournaments growing up, you'd see trophies at home and you see that and I just remember growing up being around that winning environment and being at tournaments which they won," Power says.
"Mam and Dad were very successful and while they've been good mentors, they never really pushed me into it and I just learned to like it myself. When you get the bug, all you want to do is win and I've been playing since four or five so that is an advantage.
"When you get the hang of it early, you just want to push on and seeing all the trophies around me just made me want to do the same I guess.
"You hear stories about parents going to extreme measures but it was more that I kind of pushed myself.
"If you don't have the self-drive for anything, especially for golf, if you don't have the drive to get better, then it's going to be impossible because there are so many lads from all over the world that are brilliant golfers and it is very hard to make it."
Knowing the difficulties associated with becoming a successful professional, Power began to cast his eye to America in transition year and had plenty of interested parties attempting to woo him given the pedigree he had shown on the underage circuit.
Power recalls sending "a bunch of emails" to get the attention of US colleges, although he was already high on their radar having shocked even himself by landing the British Boys (Junior British Open) in 2016.
Joining names like Lee Westwood and Justin Rose on the prestigious roll of honour sent his star into orbit while he managed to do what many others, including Rory McIlroy, couldn't by landing the Irish Boys in consecutive years ('16-'17).
"Rory won the Irish Boys once but he never won it twice back-to-back," Power chuckles.
"I have that one over him but I suppose he has won a few more things than me so I do have a bit of catching up to do."
Given that collegiate prospects have to "commit" at least a year in advance, Power signed on the dotted line with Wake Forest in North Carolina having been the subject of plenty of scouting and sampling the college life in Winston-Salem during a fifth year visit.
"They come over all the way from America to the European Boys and the British Boys for recruitment purposes and to get to know you. They stand out, when you see the college coaches there, they have all the gear. You just know when someone is watching you and you try to hit another level," he says.
"But you take it, it comes with the territory. When you sign, you throw on the hat and get a picture wearing their clothes and you put it up online and say that, 'I'm after committing to Wake Forest'. It's a huge deal and college sports over there is just a huge operation."
One of Power's biggest worries heading Stateside aged 19 was whether he would fit in with the American culture but it has been a seamless transition, although he couldn't have predicted that success would come so quickly.
He knew "it was the step that I needed to take" and settled into life as a freshman (first year) studying Liberal Arts - "when I went there I was like, 'What is a major and a minor?'" - before delivering a sparkling display at the East Lake Cup last October to emulate his heroes.
Woods had sensationally announced his return to the golfing summit when landing the $9,000,000 Tour Championship prize at the same Atlanta course in 2018, while McIlroy prevailed a year later, just two months prior to Power becoming the first freshman to win the individual strokeplay title while The Golf Channel cameras were rolling.
"When I heard the cameras and all, I was just like, 'Jesus this is going to be cool'. We had photo shoots all week and stuff and it's just a really cool week to be involved in and then to actually go out and play one of the best rounds of golf I've played is good timing," he says.
"Tiger made his comeback there two years ago and there were thousands going up the 18th with him and they all gathered around the green. They all circled in, it was insane and then McIlroy won the year after and that was a big one for him.
"Seeing moments like that and then actually going down the 18th fairway and that iconic hole and I knew the cameras were on me was a bit surreal. That tournament was televised and my parents were able to watch it back home which was cool.
"The cameras were everywhere, my whole walk up the green I'd say the camera was an inch away from my face. It was a weird experience but it was kind of cool at the same time and to win there was special enough."
Power recalls being "in the zone and just playing on instinct" at the time when the pressure was greatest, one of the best feelings possible for any sportsperson as two birdies in the final two holes ensured victory.
"It's rare enough to find that because other weeks you'll be playing and you just won't have any confidence and you'll be thinking, 'What way am I swinging it?' or 'Why am I hitting this shot?' but sometimes you just find moments when it goes right and you're not really thinking much.
"I would've played a load of tournaments when I was younger so I learned how I react under pressure. I notice that I sped up and did everything quick, when I learned how to handle pressure I learned to use it to my advantage and it just makes you focus so much."
Power, who turns 20 next month, was enjoying the balance he had struck between golf, college and socialising with tailgating before American Football games a favourite hobby of his before the coronavirus pandemic shut down his college.
His mother had him on a flight home before he knew it and he has spent much of the Covid-19 lockdown preparing for end-of-year exams. Golf has taken a back seat but with his assessments completed, he was delighted to return to Kilkenny Golf Club after it reopened on Monday.
Power, who made it to scratch aged 15, tried to adapt with a golf net after getting "fed up" chipping balls into buckets in the family garden and he could yet see competitive action by the end of July if US lockdown restrictions ease.
He will reacquaint himself with Kilkenny golf pro Jimmy Bolger and Irish coach Neil Manchip - who coaches Shane Lowry, a golfer who inspired Power to reach for the stars with his Open success last July - and they are sure to be ecstatic with his progress.
With TaylorMade and Under Armour on board as sponsors, Power led his college team with a 70.47 stroke average on his way to notable achievements like being selected to the PING All-American Second Team and Golfweek's All-American Third Team.
Happy-go-lucky None of that success has changed him one iota, though, and Kilkenny folk beam with pride at his happy-go-lucky nature off the course complementing his immense skill inside the tape.
He's not one to gaze too far into the future but next year's Walker Cup is "the main goal for 2021" while he hopes his American experience can stand him in good stead on the road towards the professional ranks.
"If you can compete in college golf in America as an amateur, you have a fair chance of making it on the Tour. It is very hard to make it in golf and being too centred on it and that just isn't me at all so it's good to have a degree to fall back on," he says.
"It's exciting in a sense but you can get bored of it if you're just playing golf, golf, golf the whole time. If I get that degree at 22 or 23 and turn professional after that then I'll have so many years to have success and make it happen as a golfer."
Power is tipped for superstardom by the most astute judges having already made his mark on the world stage. And with ice regularly running through his veins in clutch scenarios, he has the all the tools to excel at a sport that can break even the toughest of spirits.