If the Porter Cup committee believes that having more local players heightens interest in the tournament, then here’s the next logical step: Give those players added incentive to grind to the end.
As it stands Friday afternoon, no local is going to challenge for the top 25 and qualify for an automatic invitation to next year’s event. All they’ll be playing for on Saturday is pride and improvement – which are noble pursuits that fail to inspire final-day drama.
The solution? Reward the low local with a return invitation if no one finishes in the top 25. Bestow him with an award named in honor of a local who’s had a major impact on the event. Like Fred Silver. Without a doubt - Fred Silver.
Come Saturday morning the 12 locals still in the field – Jake Kreuz withdrew after Thursday – will give it their all. How much more fun it would be if there was a carrot dangling in front of them.