Niagara Gazette — The 55th annual Porter Cup golf tournament is scheduled to bring numerous top amateur competitors to Niagara Falls Country Club in two weeks, including the young man who recently raised eyebrows as the lowest-scoring amateur at the U.S. Open.
Michael Kim, who finished tied for 17th place ar Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., is one of the competitors booked for the tournament, which begins with player registrations July 22. The first round is scheduled for July 24.
In all, ten nations will be represented. In addition to the United States, players scheduled to appear hail from homelands such as Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, England, Ireland, Finland, Australia and New Zealand.
In addition to Kim, some of the noteworthy amateurs booked to play include 2013 NCAA champion Max Homa, defending Porter Cup champion Richy Werenski, 2012 Porter Cup runner-up Denny McCarthy and 2012 third place finisher Patrick Rodgers, who won the tournament in 2011.
Boosting this year's recruiting efforts were two important developments. First is the Walker Cup, a biennial tournament in which U.S. amateurs compete against a team of rivals from Great Britain and Ireland.
Many of the golfers competing need to place well at the Porter Cup in order to qualify for the Walker Cup.
"We're excited obviously," said Porter Cup tournament director Steve Denn. "We always have a strong field. This year, I think, it's kind of our little bump that we get by virtue of the fact a lot of these guys are trying to make the Walker Cup squad."
Also boosting their cause is the lack of a conflicting tournament this year.
Last year, the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational in Ohio, a part of the Web.com Tour seen as a springboard to the pro tour, played out the same week as the Porter Cup, causing a conflict that forced many golfers to choose.