Niagara Gazette

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July 25, 2013

MROZIAK: Myths, marketing gaffes and PED pariahs

Niagara Gazette — Some thoughts to offer as I watch the Porter Cup in person at Niagara Falls Country Club and think, “I could make that shot too, if playing Wii Sports...”

• The thought that competitive golfers somehow lead a silver spoon-fed life is more a myth, especially at the amateur level. 

While Michael Kim’s withdrawal from this year’s Porter Cup was a disappointment to organizers, his decision to back out is justified. He was held over by the USGA Public Links championship tournament by a day last week, a delay that threw his travel plans for the Porter Cup into disarray. 

We’re not talking about someone who has a rich bank account and a personal assistant who can book a new flight and hotel room on a moment’s notice. He is, lest we forget, still an amateur.

It was equally educational learning about some of those who did make the tournament, chatting with peers and family members while walking along the course at Niagara Falls Country Club. Perhaps you or someone you know is the sports parent, perhaps baseball, soccer or hockey, who travels from tournament to tournament, spends considerable amounts of money on hotels, tournament fees and other necessary expenses.

It’s not any different for golf families. Many of them are more everyday people than you think.

• The University at Buffalo’s athletics department, in its effort to grow its regional presence and raise its standing as a crown jewel in the State University of New York system, has taken yet another step toward that goal which instead minimizes the Buffalo connection. 

A few months ago, UB unveiled its new basketball court design which features an image of New York State behind the words “New York” in large letters while “State University of” and “Buffalo” appear in a much smaller font size.

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