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Will North’s Reichert qualifies for Porter Cup via playoff

Ben Reichert, who will be a senior at Williamsville North, suffered a tough loss in the quarterfinals of the International Junior Masters 10 days ago. The 17-year-old from East Amherst bounced back Monday and qualified for the 57th Porter Cup by surviving a three-man playoff for the last two spots in the tournament July 28-Aug. 1 at the Niagara Falls Country Club.

Reichert and Thaddeus Obeeny II of Wheeling, W. Va., each parred the second hole (No. 2) of the playoff while Sameer Kalia of Campbellsville, Ont., was eliminated when he bogeyed. The three shot 1-under 69s.

Qualifying leader Josh Whalen of Napanee, Ont., and Kent State University shot 65, two strokes better than college players David French of Camlachie, Ont., and Harris Bundy of Toronto.

Ryan Troyer of Dover, Ohio, Kyle Rhodes of Plymouth, Mich., and Russell Bowie of Mississauga, Ont. shot 68 to be among the eight qualifiers.

The top qualifier for last year’s Porter Cup Tournament, Patrick Sheedy Jr. of East Amherst, missed the cut with a 70, the same as International Junior Masters champion Marc Holzhauer of Clarence.