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WHO'S WHO AMONG TOP-RANKED AMATEURS READY FOR PORTER CUP

Everybody who is anybody in men's amateur golf in the United States will be playing at Lewiston's Niagara Falls Country Club this week for the 39th annual Porter Cup tournament.

The top-ranked amateur in the nation -- University of Florida junior Steve Scott -- is entered.

Seven of the eight players who have been chosen to represent the United States in the Walker Cup team matches, the top team event in amateur golf, are entered. The winner and the runner-up from the NCAA Division I Championships are entered.

And all six first-team All-America golfers who will be returning to college in the fall are entered.

The four-day event, which starts Wednesday, is the top amateur stroke-play event in the country. A field of about 90 will tee off starting about 7:30 a.m. each day. The leaders will tee off about 1 p.m. for the final two rounds, Friday and Saturday.

Heading the field this year are Scott, who lost to Tiger Woods in the U.S. Amateur last summer, and University of Texas senior Brad Elder. Scott earned only honorable mention All-America honors as a sophomore last season at Florida, but retains the No. 1 ranking based on his strong performance last summer. Elder won the Nicklaus Trophy as the top collegiate golfer in the country this year.

Both are on the U.S. team that will play the best amateurs from Great Britain and Ireland Aug. 9-10 in Scarsdale. The Walker Cup is the Ryder Cup of men's amateur golf.

Other Walker Cup members in Lewiston this week are collegians Randy Leen (Indiana) and Chris Wollmann (Ohio State), as well as mid-amateurs John Harris (who is 45), Duke Delcher (41) and Jerry Courville Jr. (38). The Walker Cup non-playing captain, Downing Gray, is among 16 senior amateurs in the Porter Cup field.

Besides Elder and Leen, the first-team All-Americans entered are Clemson's Charles Warren (the NCAA champ), Texas Christian's Alberto Ochoa and Oklahoma State's Bo Van Pelt.

Harris is a two-time runner-up in the Porter Cup.

Ryuji Imada, who won the Porter Cup as an 18-year-old in 1995, is back. Imada, a native of Japan, will attend the University of Georgia in the fall.

Several sons of famous golfers are entered. They include Raymond and Robert Floyd, sons of Ray Floyd; and Andy Miller, son of Johnny Miller.

Buffalo-area golfers Ward Wettlaufer, Fred Silver and Charlie Card all are in the senior division.

Admission to the Porter Cup is free. Niagara Falls CC is located off Route 104 in Lewiston. From Buffalo, follow the I-90 North and take the first Lewiston exit, just before the exit for the Queenston Bridge to Canada.

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