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July 26, 2013

Porter Cup Notebook: Auburn's Johnson gets first taste

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Niagara Gazette — Unlike Johnson, McCarthy and Werenski each took a plunge down the leaderboard. 

McCarthy, ranked 27th in the world, went from 12th to 24th with a 2-over 72. Werenski, rated No. 89, also logged a 2-over 72, sending him from 16th to 37th.

“Today we were all pretty relaxed because we all know each other real well,” Werenski said despite his scores. “I mean, it’s just fun. You can’t go out and win every week.

“I’m 2-over for the tournament, but it’s not like I’m going to go sit in my room and think about it right now. It’s still an awesome time tournament. All my friends are here, so it will still be good.”

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• Local boy Michael Boss shot a 1-over 71, placing him 62nd at 7-over through two rounds. Boss, a Lewiston resident who was a late add to the tournament after a few drop-outs, spent the past two days playing alongside Porter Cup veteran Tim Mickelson, the brother of five-time major champion Phil Mickelson.

At age 36, Mickelson is playing in his ninth Porter Cup. He currently sits in a tie for 25th but shot a 5-under 65 to tie for the top score on Day Two.

Mickelson, who is the head coach of the golf squad at Arizona State University, came to the Porter Cup for the golf in 1996 but it’s his love for the area and mentoring the younger players that keeps him coming back.

“I just like coming back and feeling like I’m a part of the community for a week,” Mickelson said, adding that he plans to spend the rest of this week on the Niagara River or taking in Niagara Falls. “Just the atmosphere is so much fun. I’ve literally watched kids grown up from age 5 to now they’re in college. So I’ve really got a connection to Niagara Falls Country Club and certainly the tournament itself.”

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