Niagara Gazette


July 26, 2013

Porter Cup Notebook: Auburn's Johnson gets first taste


Niagara Gazette — Mickelson said he felt like he was playing with his brother after a hometown crowd of about 20 folks gathered to cheer Boss on.

“He was a great kid. I was really impressed with him as a person individually and the golf game is actually pretty solid,” Mickelson said. “It was pretty cool knowing that he’s kind of the local favorite. This has to be pretty awesome for him growing up (here) and having everyone come out and support him.”

• Gavin Hall’s home in Pittsford is only about 60 minutes down the I-90, so you might’ve thought the crowd of about 40 spectators that accumulated around his group were there to watch him.

“They were cheering for Beau (Hossler),” Hall admitted, though his second-round even 70 puts him in a tie for 14th, 11 spots behind his partner Hossler in third.

Hossler and Hall will be teammates at the University of Texas next season.

Hall, 18, is playing in his first Porter Cup since he placed second in 2010 as a 15-year-old. He shot 9-under that year over the final two rounds. Now he’s hoping history will repeat itself.

“I’m looking forward to tomorrow,” said Hall, who admitted the fast greens got the best of him on Day Two. “I didn’t shoot myself out of the golf tournament, so I’ve got two more days to try and make as many birdies as I can. The lead’s always low here. It’s just basically how many putts you can make.”

• The golf was about as good as could be expected Thursday from a field that features 27 of the world’s Top 100 players. Golfers averaged a 70.76, down nearly two strokes from a cold and windy Day One. Twenty players shot under par.

• Four players -- leader Tyler Dunlap, Mickelson Brady Watt and Amherst’s Patrick Sheedy Jr. -- shot a 5-under 65, which topped the field on Day Two.

Follow contributing sports reporter Brandon Schlager on Twitter @B_Schlag.

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