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July 20, 2014

Ruggiero on Golf: From the archives

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Niagara Gazette — Then, the rains came.

All through the downpours and after a great deal of debate, the Porter Cup Committee determined that the event would have to be cut to 54 holes. Doyle was crowned champion.

It is my understanding from inside sources that Tigers’ father Earl Woods was furious. He felt that the event should be completed on Sunday. He said that a Sunday alternative was in the player contract. However, many of the participants that year had other commitments early the following week and playing Sunday would have disrupted player travel plans.

We may never know the full story, but Tiger never returned.

The list of former Porter Cup contestants reads like a “who’s-who” of golf over the past five decades. Game stalwarts such as Lanny Wadkins, Andy North, Gil Morgan, Bruce Litzke, Craig Stadler, Andy Bean, Geoff Ogilvy, Stewart Cink and Matt Kuchar have walked the links of Lewiston Heights.

Who among this year’s Porter Cup elites might ultimately rise to the heights of golfing greatness? One can only guesstimate. Golf can be a fickle friend.

The good news is that all of us locally have the opportunity to follow the games future stars around a celebrated layout, and it’s free!

If you love the game and you don’t make your way to today’s final round of the Porter Cup, the double-bogey is on you.

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Given the success of many of the past participants of the Porter Cup, I thought it might be interesting to ask some of these young up-and-comers what they saw themselves doing professionally in 5 to 10 years. Here are some of their responses.

Kramer Hickok, a junior at the Univ. of Texas, was an especially pleasant young man. He is currently ranked by Golf Week as a ‘Top Fifty’ college player. Hickok tells me that, “I have drawn my inspiration from my college roommate, Jordan Spieth, who left school after only three semesters, to play professionally.” Spieth has already won on the PGA tour, claiming victory recently at the John Deere Classic.

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