Niagara Gazette

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July 9, 2013

Porter Cup promises deep talent pool

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Niagara Gazette — "That Web.com event that conflicted with us, or at least kind of gave us headaches, that went away," said Denn. "That tournament moved to the fall, and it became part of the Web.com playoff series and they ceased inviting amateurs anymore."

It was seen by some as a possible sign that maybe the Porter Cup was losing some of its luster. That was then, this is now. And this year, everything just seems to be falling in place to help restore the Porter Cup as one of the most important amateur golf tournaments in the nation.

"The word has gotten out long ago that the Porter Cup treats their players very well," added Denn. "There's a lot of stuff to do outside of golf, so it becomes a very fun week for them."

The Web.com Tour still plans to invite college All-Americans to a tour stop in August. Porter Cup organizers suggest neither amateurs nor pros should be satisfied with a tour that compromises amateur events but also prevents up and coming pros from earning a paycheck.

"College players have no business playing in Web.com events," Denn said "The pros certainly don't like it, and from our perspective it takes away potentially top players from amateur tournaments."

In addition to top collegiate talents, this year's Porter Cup pool includes mid-amateurs (players 25 and older) including Todd White, Mike McCoy and Bobby Leopold. 

There are also several local talents including three who earned their way on to the roster via last month's qualifier: Jonathan Clark of Orchard Park, Austin Nowak of Lancaster and Patrick Sheedy of East Amherst.

The 83 golfers scheduled to appear will be joined by the Niagara Falls Country Club champion once he is crowned. That tournament begins this weekend.

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