Not to upstage a tumultuous week at Niagara Falls Country Club, but long-time Porter Cup participant Fred Silver had a high-profile addition to the Senior Porter Cup, which will be staged this September.

“We’re going to have Maury Povich here,” Silver said. “He’s a big golfer and an old friend. And he’s not coming alone — he’s going to bring Connie Chung, and the two of them are going to stay here.”

The senior event, which was pulled out of the regular tournament this year so that both could expand their fields, will have nearly 100.

“We’re really gearing up for this,” Silver said during the week. “We’re excited about it.”

Marty Shimmel, the general chairman for this year’s Porter Cup, said he’s been impressed with Silver’s attention to detail.

“He told us that this was really going to be big and he wasn’t kidding,” Shimmel said. “It’s a major event. It’s not just some guys getting together to play golf.”

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Looking for some privacy during the middle of Thursday’s rainstorms, tournament directors and USGA officials needed a quiet place to plan out the rest of the week’s schedule.

They found it — by sneaking off to the women’s locker room.

“Everywhere we met, we had players over your shoulder or caddies looking in,” Shimmel said. “So we had someone go in and scout out the women’s (locker) room. We met in there for about 15 minutes to hash things out.

“I’ve been a member for eight years, that’s the first time I’ve ever been in the ladies locker room,” Shimmel added. “They’ve got great wallpaper.”

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With the weather meddling with the schedule throughout the week, crowds were smaller than usual for most of the action.

Unfortunately, that slowed any pre-tournament hype the event’s organizers had seen build.

“There were more people on a Wednesday morning then I remember,” Shimmel said.

“There’s no doubt, we were off to a great start,” said tournament director Steve Denn. “We were building some nice momentum. But when you have a delay like that, it diffused the momentum. We had a lot of start and stops. We would have had tons more people if that wouldn’t have happened.”

The weather forced one of the more interesting exchanges in Porter Cup history. In the middle of a delay on Saturday, Trent Leon approached Denn about withdrawing from the event since he had to catch a flight back to Dallas.

“He said he had to go, but before he officially withdrew, they announced that the players were heading back out,” Shimmel explained. “He wheeled around and said, ‘Can I still play?’ ”

Leon went on to shoot a 69 in the final round and finished the tournament at plus-3.

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Adam Mitchell padded the University of Georgia’s lead in the race for the most Porter Cups. Following Brian Harman’s victory last year, Georgia already had a slight edge as previous champs included Nick Cassini (2001), Ryuji Imada (1995), and Vinny Giles (1973).

With five Cups, Georgia now has some insurance over the three schools tied for second.

Minnesota, Oklahoma State and Arizona State all have won three titles. Minnesota had Simon Nash (2002), John Harris (1997) and Joey Gullion (1993); Oklahoma State had Pablo Martin-Benavides (2005), Casey Wittenberg (2003), and Scott Verplank (1983 and 1985); and the Sun Devils got wins from Joey Snyder III (1996), Phil Mickelson (1990) and Howard Twitty (1970).

“All I know is that the University of Georgia must have one hell of a golf program,” Shimmel said.

Contact sports editor Tim Schmitt at 282-2311, ext. 2266.

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