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August 4, 2013

Ruggiero: Some words of praise, post-Porter Cup

Niagara Gazette — Let’s begin our time together today by offering a “tip of the cap” to Steve Denn, who served as Tournament Director of a most successful 55th Annual Porter Cup. No one can know the tireless effort that it takes to construct this event over a six-month period prior to the actual first ball hit in the first round.

When we spoke, Steve was quick to point out the many volunteers who deserve a heartfelt “thank you” for the tournament’s success. He acknowledged firstly the members of the club for “graciously sacrificing a week of mid-season golf in the spirit of maintaining the wonderful tradition of Porter Cup.” 

He went on to thank everyone on staff, including General Chairman Jamie Mandell, Head Pro John Boss, and Grounds Superintendent Khlar Holthouse. I had the pleasure of covering my first Porter Cup in 1979 and I can tell you that none were carried out with more precision than this year’s competition.

This was a special, and difficult, time for Steve, as he lost his father and mentor Tom Denn earlier in the year. Steve tells me that this year’s Cup “had a distinct air of Dad” to it. He told me that it “was a special event, given it was the first Cup since Dad’s passing.

I asked Steve, “So what now?” He tells me that he will seek to decompress from all the hubbub for a few months and then begin the process of preparing for next year’s event, currently on the calendar for July 22-26.

Take a break Steve. You deserve it. And, from golf fans all throughout the Niagara Frontier and Southern Ontario, may I say, “Thanks for the show. It was marvelous.”

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I have a new fascination with professional golfer Phil Mickelson. It seems that he has elevated his game to a new level in 2013 and it couldn’t happen to a nicer fellow. I even got to speak to his younger brother Tim, who played in this year’s event, before Friday’s third round and found him to be a very accommodating person.

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