Niagara Gazette

Opinion

April 18, 2013

GLYNN: 2013 Masters winner played twice in the Porter Cup

Niagara Gazette — Craig Avery of Lewiston, a local developer and entrepreneur, was probably more excited than most area residents watching the breathtaking finish to the Masters Tournament.

Understandably it reached a fever pitch when Adam Scott nailed that 12-foot birdie putt at the second playoff hole to defeat Angel Cabrera. That stroke made Scott the first Australian to win the Masters. Overnight he became a hero in his homeland.

“It was great to watch him at that moment,” said Avery, who was host to Scott for the 1998 and 1999 Porter Cup tournaments at the Niagara Falls Country Club. In the first event, he tied for 18th; in the second, he tied for 20th among the entrants.

Avery and his wife Sally have some fond memories of that 18-year-old Aussie showing up that first summer without any place to stay. It’s a tradition for the NFCC members to offer housing to the young amateurs — mostly college students — competing in the annual tourney.

That summer, however, the housing committee was hard-pressed to find enough lodging for the influx. When the Averys heard of the need, they invited Scott to stay at their Lewiston Heights home, a short distance from the golf course.

Avery says he’ll always remember how calm and collected the young golfer was when he casually announced upon arriving in Lewiston that “they lost my bags on the connecting flight.” While Avery was stunned by the news, Scott didn’t appear the least bothered by the mixup. “His demeanor then (under the circumstances) was really impressive,” Avery added.

The Averys have also kept in touch with Scott’s parents, Phil and Pam, over the years. The father is involved in golf as well, as a builder and designer of courses.

The tourney champ in the family invited the Averys to the Masters Tournament several years ago, providing them with tickets. “I went to the event in Augusta in 2004 and Adam got us four passes,” said  Steve Denn, the Porter Cup director and a prime mover in its present-day success. “He’s really a class guy,” Denn said.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Opinion
  • NIA Glynn, Don mug GLYNN: New York still delays decision on hydrofracking Many people across the state remain puzzled why the decision to allow hydrofracking has been delayed for so long.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Bradberry, Bill mug BRADBERRY: To every thing there is a season; this is OURS I'm not sure what The Byrds had in mind way back in 1965 when they popularized Pete Seeger's 1950s rendition of Ecclesiastes 3, but I am inclined to agree with novelist Thomas Wolfe who wrote: "[O]f all I have ever seen or learned, that book seems to me the noblest, the wisest, and the most powerful expression of man's life upon this earth."

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Confer, Bob Mug CONFER: Property rights and the Clean Water Act The United States of America was founded on the premise of natural rights, succinctly dictated as the unalienable rights of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Higgs, Norma mug HIGGS: St. Peter's Episcopal Church, inside and out When I had a couple of questions I checked in with Whitney Mallam, a long-time church member who introduced me to Solon Myron Napoleon Whitney (commonly known as "The Major"), one of his relatives from the early days of this church's history. I was intrigued by some of Whit's comments and hope to learn more about him in the future.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Glynn, Don mug GLYNN: Seneca Niagara Casino in billionaire category One of the Niagara area's biggest businesses is now part of the billionaire class.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • SINGER: Bridging the ideological gap Being both liberal and conservative, as currently designated, makes one perhaps sound wishy-washy; but one can't go down the line on everything.

    April 20, 2014

  • NIA Smith, Doug and Polly LETTERS FROM THE ISLAND: Home alone on the Island Yeah, you know who I mean. Hard to start this project without you but deadline looms and you're still bein' Nana, the role you were born to play. I know, I know, if you'd known grandchildren were this much fun, you'd have had them first.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Hamilton, Ken mug HAMILTON: The Bills stadium and the proverbs We are what we are because of the way that we think, and we got the nothingness that have as a result of it.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • GUEST VIEW: A closer look at Spirit Airline's DOT numbers This last week, there were articles published highlighting that Spirit Airlines has the highest DOT customer complaint rate among US airlines.

    April 18, 2014

  • NIA DeLuca, Michele mug DELUCA: Say it ain't so, Joe I had just parked my car in front of the Gazette offices on Niagara Street last week Thursday when a man approached me and stood by my door.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page