The Porter Cup opens today at Niagara Falls Country Club.
Check in below for updates here from the tournament's Twitter feed and News Sports Reporter Jay Skurski.
Here is an excerpt from Skurski's look at some of the names to watch in the elite amateur golfing event:
There will be a youth movement of sorts at this year’s Porter Cup.
Of the 76 players scheduled as of the middle of this month to appear in this year’s 57th annual tournament, more than half the field, 39, are playing in their first Porter Cup. Another 18 will participate for just the second time.
That’s simply a sign of the times, according to tournament director Steve Denn.
“They’re turning pro earlier,” Denn said. “The ‘Jordan Spieth factor’ is what we as amateur golf tournament directors have to deal with. He spent one year at the University of Texas, and obviously he’s an extremely talented player, but I think the confidence level of all these players is such that ‘if Spieth can do it, I can do it.’ ”
That means spending four years in college – especially for the elite players – is becoming less of a certainty.
That lure of professional paychecks has also made it more difficult to identify the top-level mid-amateur players, those 25 and older who have no aspirations, or at least have none yet, to turn pro. There are 14 such players in this year’s field.
Among the mid-amateurs in this year’s field are well-known local players Jake Katz and Jamie Miller. Katz, 26, has regained his amateur status after attempting a professional career and has the best recent finish among locals, when he tied for 10th in 2010. Miller, 30, is the reigning New York State Golf Association men’s mid-amateur champion.
They will look to become the first local winner in 50 years, since Ward Wettlaufer in 1965.