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Rodgers comes back to win 53rd Porter Cup

LEWISTON -- Hello once again from Niagara Falls Country Club. If there's been a nicer day this summer, I don't remember it.

Conditions couldn't be better for today's final round of the 53rd Porter Cup. The leader, Paul Haley of Dallas, just teed off on the first hole, so if you're thinking about coming out, pack up the car.

Haley is at 11 under through 54 holes, one shot up on Patrick Rodgers. A group of six players -- Wesley Bryan, Cameron Wilson, Ben Kohles, John Peterson, Tarquin MacManus and Tim Hart -- started the day three shots back at 8 under.

That could make for a crazy final round, just the way we like it.

Updates on the blog will be sporadic at best because I'll be spending most of my time out on the course today. I'm also going it alone once again today. For live updates, follow me on Twitter at

I'll be back when the leaders make the turn with an update.

UPDATE: Here's the scores that have been posted thus far: NFCC member PJ Alterio 76-309, Williamsville's Kenneth Riter 79-304, Jeb Buchanan 75-301, Lam Zhiqun 71-293, Nick Gilliam 70-293, Jorge Fernandez Valdes 72-293, Brad Wilder 72-292, Sebastian Pinzon 73-292, Jonathan Fly 69-292, Buffalo's Chris Covelli 71-292, Ethan Tracy 69-291, Ben Campbell 72-291, Nathan Holman 67-290, Brinson Paolini 70-289, Don DeNyse III 69-287.

1:09 p.m.: We've got a three-way tie atop the leader board. Haley bogeyed No. 1, while Bryan birdied the first two holes to jump to 10 under, joining Haley and Rodgers.

2:52 p.m.: Here are more scores that have been posted: Doug Kleeschulte 72-290, Brian Churchill-Smith 71-289, Todd Sinnott 70-287, Dave Bunker 70-287, Michael Boss 76-293, Scott Langley 74-291, Matt Stasiak of Clarence 71-288, Zachary Kempa 74-290, Tim Hume 73-289, Stephan Jaeger 69-285, Nathan Smith 72-287, Harold Varner III 69-284, Ryan Terdik 69-284, Gregor Main 73-287, James White 78-292, Bryden Macpherson 71-285, Brett Drewitt 71-284, David Chung 78-291, Mike McCoy 70-283, Bobby Hudson 72-284, Alex Ching 78-290, Kalem Richardson 73-285, Brooks Koepka 70-282, Mackenzie Hughes 69-280, Matthew Stieger 70-281, Jake Katz 70-281, Mark Hoffman 70-280, Daniel Kim 66-276, Russell Henley 73-283, Chris Malec 71-281, Max Homa 64-274, Denny McCarthy 72-282, Chris Morris 68-278.

3:12 p.m.: Homa's 64 is the round of the day so far, but it's in danger. Wesley Bryan is through 10 holes and has moved up to 14 under. He shot a blistering 29 on the front nine and holds a four-stroke lead on Haley, Peterson and Kohles.

6:09 p.m.: As we said earlier, a crazy round could be on hand. Turns out it was. Patrick Rodgers, a 19-year-old freshman-to-be at Stanford, has won the 53rd Porter Cup on the first playoff hole. Rodgers birdied the par-3 18th hole in the extra session. Check Sunday's Buffalo News for all the details.

---Jay Skurski


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Budd Bailey

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Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.