Niagara Gazette


June 8, 2013

Women's Porter Cup to debut June 12

Niagara Gazette — LEWISTON — An estimated 40 young women golfers from Western New York and worldwide will convene at Niagara Falls Country Club this week for the first-ever Women's Porter Cup.

Participants will arrive on Tuesday to register and take in a pracrice round. Assuming the weather cooperates, the first round of competition in the three-day, 54-hole tournament will begin Wednesday, with the champion crowned on Friday.

While the Porter Cup has enjoyed a long, successful run with the men's and seniors' tournaments, the man chairing the inaugural women's event admits this is still quite possibly an experiment.

"I think we're cautiously optimisitic about the future of the tournament," said tournament director Brian Oakley. "It's a trial balloon that we're just putting out there to see if we get the reaction. I'll have a much better feel after the tournament's over."

For a first-time tournament, organziers feel they've recruited a decent pool of competitors. Among the players are some talents from across the U.S. including Grace Na of Oakland, California, a two-time All-American at Pepperdine University, and Casie Cathrea, who has committed to Oklahoma State and, even before beginning her NCAA career, has qualified for the U.S. Women's Open.

"These are the up and coming stars," said Oakley. "Some of these girls are regional champions, high school champions...  we've got a well-rounded field of people that are sophomores and seniors in the college ranks as well."

There are also several Western New Yorkers slated to compete including Ashleigh Frieday (Grand Island), Gaelin Carrig (Buffalo), Katharine Creighton (Buffalo), Rene Sobolewski (Buffalo), Chelsea Dantonio (Lancaster), Catherine Peters (Clarence Center) and Michelle Hanes (Elma). There are also a handful of competitors from just across the border, with Kendra Bishop of Niagara Falls, Ont. and Lauren Wardrope also committed to play.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dead at 87 Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page