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Ben Spitz remembers what it was like to see his older brother Erich qualify for the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association tournament during the latter’s scholastic career. The Orchard Park junior thought back then that’s something he’d like to accomplish himself someday. Ben Spitz did just that when he qualified for the state tournament for the first t…

Golf

In my preview column, I explained the nail. What is your why?  You need to decide if you are motivated by stopping pain or seeking reward.  I have found that many of my students are avoiding the truth.  They either don’t understand the cause of their failure or refuse to acknowledge it. Denial is not a good thing. When the Legends Tour was first starting, I was on a mis…

Health and Fitness

Brian Conn started last year struggling with the suicide of his father, trying to soothe the pain through long hours on the job, followed by too much time away from home with friends. Scott Dodson pushed through the year afraid for his life. His kidneys were failing, prospects for dialysis neared and a transplant was the only thing that could save him in the long run. …

Golf

In my last column, I discussed how to find “IT”; your game. I mentioned that there are three components or steps that need to be taken to find “IT”. Those three items are; a nail, a mirror, and a seed.  My next three columns will include teaching you how to implement those steps and what you can do to ensure you are able to find your game. The nail signifies pain.  How …

High Schools

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…

Niagara County

“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 from o…

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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. …

Sports

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 score …

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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 fi…

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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 Birkdale this week w…

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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 Countr…

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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 roo…