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'Rory won the Irish Boys but never won it back-to-back' - meet the Irish teenager tipped for golf stardom

Kilkenny star with strong golfing pedigree is fulfilling his potential on the US collegiate circuit as he targets Walker Cup place before turning professional

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Mark Power, in action for Ireland during the 2018 Boys Home Internationals, has been making waves with Wake Forest college in North Carolina. Photo: Pat Cashman

Mark Power, in action for Ireland during the 2018 Boys Home Internationals, has been making waves with Wake Forest college in North Carolina. Photo: Pat Cashman

Mark Power, in action for Ireland during the 2018 Boys Home Internationals, has been making waves with Wake Forest college in North Carolina. Photo: Pat Cashman

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.