Niagara Gazette


July 20, 2014

Ruggiero on Golf: From the archives


Niagara Gazette — Hickok believes that having competed with Spieth while at Texas, he understands that level of ability and work ethic necessary to reach his goal of playing on tour.

Then there’s Scott Harvey, a 35-year-old real estate property manager from Greensboro, North Carolina. He is clear to tell me that he is committed to a lifetime of amateur golf, where he “gets the chance to meet a lot of great people and compete on some great golf courses.”

He reminds me a lot of a young Jay Sigel, a top amateur and three-time Porter Cup champion in the 1970’s and 80’s. Harvey has a realistic shot at finding a place on this year’s Walker Cup team. He tells me that would be his “ultimate dream.”

And that’s what the Porter Cup is all about. Talent. Participation. Competition. Respect. And seeking one’s dreams. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Ken Ruggiero is a local golf instructor and contributing writer. He can be reached at

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