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Nathan "Nate" Forrestel doesn't box. In fact, the only glove the 17-year-old Akron senior carries, he wears occasionally on his left hand. But make no mistake about it. The sixth-year Tigers' golfer with cerebral palsy is a fighter. He always has been, from the moment he came into the world, from the nearly 20 minutes prior to his birth when oxygen deprivation threat…

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East Aurora/Holland golfer Jake Roach's approach heading into tournaments is usually pretty simple. He's in it to win it. The usually sound strategy is being tweaked this week, but not because Roach is trying to shake out of a slump. He just doesn't want to miss a thing while teeing it up with some of the best golfers on the planet. Roach is the latest First Tee o…

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“The Short Game” has been played many, many times at the Cehulik household. The Netflix documentary chronicles the lives of eight child golf prodigies and their journeys through the 2012 U.S. Kids Golf Foundation World Championship, the largest and most prestigious event for players 12 years old and younger. Now in its 18th year, more than 1,500 boys and girls fr…

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It was a big day for East Amherst golfer Ben Reichert. The 19-year-old former Williamsville North star qualified for the U.S. Amateur championship by shooting 68-73 over two rounds Tuesday at Blue Heron Hills Golf Course near Rochester. He was one of two golfers out of 78 to advance to the USGA championship at the famed Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles Aug. 14-20. …

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LEWISTON – Stanford’s Brandon Wu never stumbled or even wobbled on his march to the Porter Cup golf championship Saturday. The college junior-to-be shot a bogey-free, 6-under-par 64 on the final round to cruise to a three-shot victory. Wu finished at 11-under 269 in the 59th annual event at Niagara Falls Country Club. The 64 tied for the third-best final-round sc…

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LEWISTON – It was easy to see the sentimental favorite in the Porter Cup Friday. There were a lot of burnt-orange caps and longhorn logos among the several hundred fans at Niagara Falls Country Club. They were not disappointed, because University of Texas star Gavin Hall put himself in position to win yet again. And once again, the Porter Cup is set up for a dramatic …

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The Scottish cliché “nae wind, nae rain, nae golf” is the first big reason why The Open Championship – aka the British Open – is the greatest of golf’s four majors. Wind is part of the maddening challenge of the game. No major is more impacted by weather than the Open, so often played on courses by the sea. I can’t wait to watch the players at Royal Birkdal…

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LEWISTON - Gavin Hall has come oh-so-close to winning the Porter Cup. As his great amateur golf career comes to a close, it would be fitting – almost justice – if he got over the hump and claimed the title in his last chance this week. The Pittsford phenom and University of Texas star has finished in the top eight of the prestigious tournament at Niagara Falls Co…

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It was 6:30 p.m. on a Friday in 2012, and I walked over to the practice green well after the second round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship in Rochester. There were five players putting. All five were South Korean. The South Korean dominance of women’s golf reached a new high at the U.S. Women's Open Sunday. Eight of the top 10 finishers were South Korean. The win by…

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Adam Scott showed up on the doorstep of Craig Avery’s Lewiston home for the first time 19 years ago. It was 11 p.m. July 16, Scott’s 18th birthday, and he’d arrived for a weeklong stay at Avery’s place on Mountain View Drive while he played in the Porter Cup, an elite amateur golf tournament that attracts the top talent from around the globe. Scott was travel…

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Xinjun Zhang of China and American Adam Long are tied at the top of the leaderboard after Friday’s second round of the LECOM Health Challenge on the Web.com PGA Tour at Peek’n Peak in Clymer. Zhang had birdies on Nos. 9, 10, 11, 18 with a bogey on No. 13 to shoot a three-under round of 69. Long, meanwhile, made up ground with four-under round of 68. He bogeyed No…

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The origins of this project were simple enough. During last year’s Porter Cup, News deputy sports editor Bob DiCesare and I were looking through the program put out by the tournament committee when we came across a page with the current top 25 in the world golf rankings, highlighting just how many of them had competed at Niagara Falls Country Club. Every year, the …