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Porter Cup first-round recap

By Jay Skurski

On top: Justin Shin, a 21-year-old from Hamilton, Ont., fired a 6-under-par round of 64 that included a 29 on the back nine. Shin birdided five of his final six holes.

In the hunt: Beau Hossler, and 18-year-old from Mission Viejo, Calif., and Tyler Dunlap, a 20-year-old from Trophy Club, Texas, shot 5-under 65 to sit one shot back. Both Hossler and Dunlap are ranked in the top 100 of the Scratch Players World Amateur Rankings, Hossler at 92nd and Dunlap at 98th.

Tough finish: Patrick Rodgers, the 2011 champion, was even for his round on the 16th tee, but made a bogey on the par-3 16th hole and followed that with a double bogey on the par-4 17th to fall to 3-over 73 for his round, in a tie for 46th.

Marquee groupings: Defending champion Richy Werenski, Denny McCarthy and Michael Johnson go off at 9:20 a.m. today, followed by the grouping of Hossler, Gavin Hall and Charlie Bull at 9:30, then Rodgers, Max Homa and Benjamin Taylor at 9:40 a.m.

By the numbers: The scoring average for the 84 players in the field was 72.37. There were 15 players to turn in rounds under par. The toughest hole was the 463-yard par-4 fifth hole, at an average of  4.44 strokes, while the 552-yard par-5 third hole played the easiest, at 4.62 strokes.

Friday forecast: Sunny, high of 75 degrees. Winds 10-15 mph.

 

Second round of Women's Porter Cup washed out

By Jay Skurski

Constant rain this morning has forced the cancellation of the second round of the first-ever Women's Porter Cup at Niagara Falls Country Club.

The tournament will now be reduced from 54 to 36 holes, with the final round beginning at 8 a.m. Friday.

"Unfortunately, we had to cancel today," said tournament director Brian Oakley. "It's unplayable."

Players will go off in threesomes Friday morning, with the final group, including leader Cassie Cathrea, teeing off at 10 a.m.

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 http://twitter.com/jayskurski

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

Live from the Porter Cup first round

LEWISTON -- Good afternoon from Niagara Falls Country Club. We're in the shade under the media tent here at the 53rd annual Porter Cup, and that's a good thing. It's hot out here, with not much of a breeze to speak of.

That last part is key. The 6,837-yard, par-70 course depends on the wind to protect it. When it's not blowing, scores can go low. A look at the leader board so far shows that.

University of Texas junior Cody Gribble was in the first group out, and has the clubhouse lead with a 4-under 66. Gribble, who lost in a playoff in this event in 2009, went out in 36, but shot a blistering 30 on the back nine. He recorded birdies on holes 10, 11, 13, 15 and 16.

The lead might not last the day, though, as five players -- Paul Haley, Doug Kleeschulte, Daniel Nesbit, Cheng Tsung Pan and Garrett Rank -- made the turn at 3 under.

Also in the clubhouse at 3-under 67 is Australian Ryan McCarthy. The feature group of Jake Katz, Russell Henley and John Peterson should be making the turn any minute now. I'll post their nine-hole scores soon.

Just a heads up as you follow the blog today: I'm by myself out here, so when I go out on the course to watch, the blog will go dark for a bit. You can follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jayskurski

I'll post any news-worthy items there from the course. Check back soon.

Katz made the turn at 1 under, shooting 34 on the front.

4:21 p.m.:Told you it would be quite a while before an update. Anyway, here we go. The first-round leader is Paul Haley of Dallas, who posted a 64. That leaves him one shot ahead of Australian Daniel Nesbit and Garrett Rank of Ontario.

4:23 p.m.: GREAT interview with John Peterson, the reigning NCAA individual champ. Read tomorrow's notebook for the details. Peterson is my new favorite player.

4:25 p.m.: Very nice round by Mike Boss, who recently graduated from Lewiston-Porter. Boss, the son of NFCC head pro John Boss, shot an even-par 70, the best score of the five locals in the field.

4:27 p.m.: Jake Katz finishes in 1-over 71, a disappointing start for the 22-year-old who plays out of Westwood. Katz, Peterson and pre-tournament favorite Russell Henley all shot 71 in the first round. Just didn't seem to be much energy in that feature pairing.

4:29 p.m.: Spoke with Harris English, who won last week's Nationwide Tour event. He gets 60 days to turn professional, which is perfect. He'll be able to play for the Walker Cup team in September, then still play the end of this season on the Nationwide Tour. He's also fully exempt for next season on the Nationwide Tour.

4:54 p.m.: Some other noteworthy finishes: Defending champion David Chung shot a 2-over 72, while four-time Buffalo District champion Tim Hume, who now resides in Tampa, Fla., also shot 72. Hume couldn't sustain his momentum after going out in 33.

6:35 p.m.: First round is in the books. Haley is at 64, while Nesbit and Rank are at 65. Might have another blog later tonight if time allows. If not, the second round starts tomorrow at 8 a.m. You'll be in the capable hands of Bob DiCesare for that. Until then ...

---Jay Skurski

Porter Cup tee times for the first and second rounds

The Porter Cup has announced its starting times for the first and second rounds of the tournament at Niagara Falls Country Club.

Here is the list.

Group 1 - Cameron Smith, Cody Gribble, Camerson Wilson. 8 a.m. Wed., 10:30 a.m. Thurs.

Group 2 - Tim Hart, Bobby Hudson, Brooks Koepka. 8:10 a.m. Wed., 10:40 a.m. Thurs.

Group 3 - Kalem Richardson, Dave Bunker, Chris Covelli. 8:20 a.m. Wed., 10:50 a.m. Thurs.

Group 4 - Ryan McCarthy, Scott Harvey, Michael Boss. 8:30 a.m. Wed., 11 a.m. Thurs.

Group 5 - Tarquin MacManus, Ethan Tracy, Donald Constable. 8:40 a.m. Wed., 11:10 a.m. Thurs.

Group 6 - Nathan Holman, Tripp Davis, Jeb Buchanan. 8:50 a.m. Wed., 11:20 a.m. Thurs.

Group 7 - Jorge Fernandez Valdez, Paul Haley, Daniel Nisbet. 9 a.m. Wed., 11:30 a.m. Thurs.

Group 8 - Emiliano Grillo, Sebastian Maclean, Julio Vegas. 9:10 a.m. Wed., 11:40 a.m. Thurs.

Group 9 - Garrett Rank, Sebastian Pinzon, Brad Wilder. 9:20 a.m. Wed., 11:50 a.m. Thurs.

Group 10 - Mackenzie Hughes, Lee Bedford, Curtis Thompson. 9:30 a.m. Wed., noon Thurs.

Group 11 - Jace Long, Evan Beck, Mark Hoffman. 9:40 a.m. Wed., 12:10 p.m. Thurs.

Group 12 - Zachary Kempa, Kenneth Riter, Doug Kleeschulte. 9:50 a.m. Wed., 12:20 p.m. Thurs.

Group 13 - Ryan Terdik, Don DeNyse III, PJ Alterio. 10 a.m. Wed., 12:30 p.m. Thurs.

Group 14: Brian Churchill-Smith, Chris Malec, Matt Stasiak. 10:10 a.m. Wed., 12:40 p.m. Thurs.

Group 15: Daniel Kim, Mitch Sutton, Tim Hume. 10:20 a.m. Wed., 8 a.m. Thurs.

Group 16: Albin Choi, Cheng Tsung Pan, Lam Zhiqun. 10:30 a.m. Wed., 8:10 a.m. Thurs.

Group 17: Chris Morris, Alex Ching, Bank Vongvanij. 10:40 a.m. Wed., 8:20 a.m. Thurs.

Group 18: Gregor Main, Scott Langley, James White. 10:50 a.m. Wed., 8:30 a.m. Thurs.

Group 19: Corbin Mills, Patrick Rodgers, Andrew Yun. 11 a.m. Wed., 8:40 a.m. Thurs.

Group 20: Russell Henley, Jake Katz, John Peterson. 11:10 a.m. Wed., 8:50 a.m. Thurs.

Group 21: Harris English, Nathan Smith, David Chung. 11:20 a.m. Wed., 9 a.m. Thurs.

Group 22: Nick Gilliam, Kelly Kraft, Stephan Jaeger. 11:30 a.m. Wed., 9:10 a.m. Thurs.

Group 23: John Hahn, Skip Berkmeyer Jr., Nate McCoy. 11:40 a.m. Wed., 9:20 a.m. Thurs.

Group 24: Bryden Macpherson, Mike McCoy, Max Homa. 11:50 a.m. Wed., 9:30 a.m. Thurs.

Group 25: Johan de Beer, Justin Thomas, Jonathan Fly. noon Wed., 9:40 a.m. Thurs.

Group 26: Wesley Bryan, Harold Varner III, Todd Sinnott. 12:10 p.m. Wed., 9:50 a.m. Thurs.

---Jay Skurski

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Hall withdraws from Porter Cup

Rochester phenom Gavin Hall, the 16-year-old who tied for second at last year's Porter Cup, will not be back in Lewiston this year.

Hall withdrew from the event on Wednesday, because of a right wrist injury he suffered last month, according to tournament director Steve Denn.

"He saw a specialist in Atlanta on [Tuesday] and another guy in Buffalo on [Wednesday]," Denn said. "They prescribed at least two more weeks off. It's obviously tough news, but it's not unexpected."

Denn said last week he was holding out hope Hall, who's the No. 6 junior golfer in the country in the Golfweek/Titleist rankings, would be able to return from the injury in time for the event.

Hall also withdrew from this week's U.S. Junior Amateur, which is being held at Gold Mountain in Bremerton, Wash.

---Jay Skurski

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Live from the Porter Cup final round

10:23 a.m. Here at the final round of the Porter Cup. It's a little warmer today than yesterday, with an expected high of 78 degrees according to weather.com.

The leaders tee off at 12:20 p.m. David Chung, Russell Henley and Williamsville's Jake Katz sit at 8-under for the tournament.

The 12:10 group is well within reach of the title. Nate McCoy is 7-under, and Tomas Cocha and Peter Uihlein both sit at 6-under.

The earliest groups are just making the turn. We'll have updates throughout the day, so check back. --AB

10:55 a.m. The volunteers and staff at Niagara Falls Country Club are busy during this final round. The scoreboard updaters are making sure they have every possible player's name on a sign in case they make a move up the leader board.

It's not odd to see many of the players walking the course with a cookie in their mouth. At the turn and at No. 18 the volunteers have cookies for the players.

I've also seen plenty of rules officials and pace of play carts to make sure everything is going smoothly. --AB

11:05 a.m. 15-year old Gavin Hall just got dropped off at the course. When he's playing so well against collegiate players it's easy to forget he isn't old enough to drive. Look for him to make a move up the leader board. He is 5-under and tees off at noon. --AB

11:10 a.m. Co-leader Russell Henley just arrived. He is taking some practice putts behind me. His caddy came over to ask when the last tee time was.  Perhaps he should have figured that out before he left for the course. --AB

11:45 a.m. There is definitely a noticeable increase in fans for the final round. Excitement is building as the leaders' tee times draw closer. --AB

1:09 p.m. Scores update: Russell Henley has a two-stroke lead after going birdie-birdie on holes 2 and 3. Williamsville's Jake Katz is in second at -8. He bogeyed the par-4 second and birdied the par-5 third to stay even for the day. Chung bogeyed the first two holes of the day, then birdied No. 3 to sit at -7, three shots back of Henley. I'm heading out to the course now to meet Amanda. She will be in shortly with some highlights from the course and some additional updates on the players behind the leaders. --JS

1:15 p.m. One more score update. 15-year-old Gavin Hall is a ridiculous 7-under through five holes. Think he's got a future in this game? --JS

2:27 p.m. I just typed tons of notes that didn't post when my computer lost wireless in the media tent. I will put those up later. Here is a quick synopsis:

Henley is in the lead at -10 and consistently hits the fairways. Chung and Katz have missed the fairway quite a bit, and are often trying to hit out of the rough.

Katz has struggled, especially on No.5 when he hit into the rough, then out of bounds and was forced to take a drop. He would double bogey the hole. Henley just missed an eagle on No. 3 on a downhill short putt. He would tap in for birdie.

Here is the leader board:

Henley -10

Uihlein -9

Chung -8

Hall -7

Rudolph -6

Katz -5

Jay is out on the course. We will have more updates throughout the day. --AB

2:38 p.m. Jake Katz is losing steam fast. He had a double bogey on the always-tough ninth hole, falling all the way down to 3-under after a front-nine 40. Katz also had a double bogey on the fifth hole after he hit his aproach shot out of bounds to the right. Too bad for the local, who made a nice run. Henley continues to play solid golf. His first gaffe came when he hit his approach from about 150 yards on the eighth hole to the gnarly rough on the left. He chunked his chip shot about 6 feet, then missed a 10-footer for par. That was his first bogey of the day. Chung saved par there, then narrowly missed his birdie putt. He's still in this. --JS

3:09 p.m. OK, after refueling with a burger, it's back out to the course for me in just a few minutes. The latest leader board update: Henley is at 10-under on hole 11, while Chung is at 9-under. Holes 11 and 12 are par-5s, or as these guys call them -- birdie holes. --JS

3:12 p.m.: Scores coming in fast and furious. Uihlein is 10-under through 12, while Chung is 10-under through 11 and Henley is 11-under through 11. Amanda is out following the leaders, while I am out to catch Henley and Chung. Live blog will probably take some time off. --JS

5:11 p.m. David Chung has won the Porter Cup with a final score of 13-under. Henley four-putted on 16 to fall to 9-under. Gavin Hall and Peter Uihlein tied for second at 10-under.

5:54 p.m. That's it for the live blogging from the 2010 Porter Cup. Thanks for reading all week, and be sure to check out The Buffalo News on Sunday for a complete recap of the the final round. --JS 

---Jay Skurski and Amanda Bremer

Live from the Porter Cup second round

Good early afternoon from Niagara Falls Country Club, where the second round of the Porter Cup is underway under glorious conditions.

Gone is the wind, rain and humidity from yesterday. In its place is perfect weather. Temperatures are in the low 70s with just a hint of a breeze. Most importantly, no clouds as far as the eye can see.

I'll be going it alone on the blog today, so the updates will take a break when I head out to the course to watch some players.

Our first development of the day is we now have a tie atop the leader board. Russell Henley, who shot an opening-round 65, shot 34 on his front nine to get to 6-under, tying Australian Luke Bleumink.

We'll be here all day, so settle in and get comfortable.

12:20 p.m.:Now on the first tee is Bleumink ... he's part of the final group of the day to go out, along with Dave Bunker and Yaroslav Merkulov, both of whom shot 2-over 72 in the opening round.

1:08 p.m.:Live blogging is much more difficult when there is only one person at the course, so we'll shoot as much information out as possible here before heading out once again. Just got done talking with Russell Henley, the new leader of the tournament at 8-under through 36 holes. Henley made eight birdies in his round of 67 this morning as part of the featured pairing with Jin Jeong and Peter Uihlein.

1:12 p.m.:Some of the other early finishers include the best round of the day so far by Tain Lee, who shot 66 to get to 2-under for the tournament after an opening-round 72. Of the very few who have finished their second round, Lee has the day's best score.

1:15 p.m.:Photographer Mark Mulville and I are getting set to head back out on the course. We'll be following Garrett Rank of Elmira, Ont. for a few holes. Rank shot a 31 today on the front nine. We'll also chase down Harry Rudolph III, a 40-year-old mid-amateur player from La Jolla, Calif. (which might be the most beautiful place on earth). Spoiler alert: You'll be able to read much more on Rudolph in tomorrow's paper. We'll also try and get a shot of Lewiston's own Matt Petrosian, who shot a 1-under 34 on the front nine this morning.

3:03 p.m.:Back in from the course, interviews and everything else. The latest: Rudolph is tied for the lead at the Porter Cup. Wow. He completed his first round by shooting 67, then fired a 65 to tie Henley. Among the many storylines surrounding Rudolph -- he's been good buddies with Phil Mickelson since they were 6 years old. Like I said earlier, read plenty more about him tomorrow.

3:19 p.m.:Bleumink made the turn at even par, so he's still 6-under and alone in third behind Henley and Rudolph. Nate McCoy of West Des Moines, Iowa shot a second-round 66 and is 5-under for the tournament, tied for fourth with David Chung.

3:35 p.m.:Round of the day so far is shared by three golfers, including Jake Katz of Williamsville. Katz, who plays out of Westwood Country Club, shot a 64. He's tied for eighth at 3-under 137 after an opening-round 73. Also shooting 64 were Harris English of Thomasville, Ga. and Garrett Rank of Elmira, Ont.

4:40 p.m.:That's it for today's live blog. First-round leader Luke Bleumink came in with a 74, which included a triple-bogey 8 on the par-5 12th hole after his drive went out of bounds. That means the final group tomorrow will be Rudolph, Henley and Nate McCoy of West Des Moines, Iowa. McCoy is at 5-under 135 after a 66 today.

The live blog will get started about 11:45 a.m. tomorrow, with the leaders expected to tee off at 12:20 p.m. See you then.

---Jay Skurski

Porter Cup to start at 8 a.m. today

The Porter Cup will resume at 8 a.m. Thursday as eight groups -- comprising 24 players -- will finish their first round. Rain halted play at about 5 p.m. Wednesday during the first round.

Players will finish the first round in a modified shotgun start, which means they return to the hole and shot they were on before the delay. The format should allow the players who still have to finish the first round at least a 45 minute break before going back out for the second round.

Here are some additional quotes from the first round Wednesday:

Luke Bleumit

On leaving shots on the course:

“ Well you always sort-of do, don’t you? But I pitched in and holed a couple good putts, so it evened itself out. … I was very happy with it. I was just trying to go out there and put myself in a good position.”

On what he has to do the rest of the week:

“Just keep the ball in play and hole a few putts. It’s pretty important to do that.”

Russell Henley

On what he did well:

“I hit a lot of greens, gave myself a lot of birdie putts. I hit both par 5s on the side in two and two-putted for birdie.”

On continuing the strong Georgia tradition at the Porter Cup:

“It’s a golf tournament I really want to win. … I know those guys have won it and that’s part of the reason why I want to win. This is my third time playing.”

On tough holes:

“Eight isn’t easy because of the cross wind. ... 14 and 17 are pretty difficult.”

David Chung

On the conditions:

“The wind was swirling out there. On the back nine it got pretty gusty. Probably 30 mph I think on some holes. It was definitely really hard to judge. You just had to keep the ball low and control it well on the last few holes. It was so windy the ball would be oscillating a little bit on the greens. It was hard to judge.”

On his turning point: “I’d have to say a big momentum swing was nine. That’s playing really tough today into the wind and I don’t know 500 yards. It feels like it’s 500 yards.”

On his round:

“Bogey free on any course is great. I’m pretty proud of that. I feel pretty confident with my putting. … It’s just basically who can make putts.”

On a missed chance:

“I thought I made an eagle on 11. I hit it right up there to the front of the green in two, and just burned the edge on that hole. There were a few others, but you can’t make everything.”

Live from the Porter Cup first round

LEWISTON -- Good morning from Niagara Falls Country Club, site of the 52nd annual Porter Cup.

Sorry for the delay in getting started, we had some Internet connectivity issues that we've since got straightened out. I will be here along with Amanda Bremer as we provide live updates throughout the day.

The first groups out have recently made the turn. Conditions here in Lewiston are perfect for scoring so far, minimal breeze and warm, muggy air. It's overcast right now, and it looks like a thunder storm could be threatening.

We'll have our first look at the scores in just a few minutes. Settle in and get comfortable.

10:49 a.m.: Here's our first look at the scorecard for what has been posted. Just one player so far is under par. Brinson Paolini of Virginia Beach, Va. made the turn at 1-under 34. Paolini, 19, is a sophomore at Duke. --JS

11:08 a.m.: Scores are coming in rather quickly now. We've got a new leader in David Chung, 20, a junior at Stanford. Chung birdied holes 3, 5 and 9 on the front nine. No. 9 might be the most challenging here at NFCC, a 477-yard par-4 that almost always plays into the wind. --JS

Here's some other scores, par being 35-35-70 on the 6,871-yard course. A number of players made the turn at even par, including Wesley Bryan, George Bryan, Skip Berkmeyer, Robert Gerwin, Kieran Pratt and Jonathan Pratt. George Bryan has the only eagle so far, on the 552-yard par-5 third hole. --JS

11:13 a.m.: Jamie Sindelar, son of Champions Tour player Joey Sindelar, joins Paolini at 1-under 34, two shots behind Chung. --JS

11:16 a.m.: Here's the group at 1-over 36 after the front: Andrew Yun, Clarence's Matt Stasiak, Mike McCoy and Nate McCoy. Mid-amateur player Tripp Davis shot 37 on the front, while Peter Creighton of Kenmore struggled with a 41. Amanda Bremer will be here with some more scores while photographer Mark Mulville and I plan a trip out to the course. --JS

11:25 a.m : Another group of scores are in. Sihwan Kim shot a 2-under 33 on the front 9. He birdied holes 3,5, and 6. Brad Benjamin, Matt Jager, and Lion Kim all shot an even par 35.  Ben An and Jason Scrivener shot a 1-over 36. -- AB

11:41 a.m.: More scores are coming in as we approach noon. Chan Kim shot an even-par 35. Jordan Sherratt of Australia shot a 37 and Tim Mickelson,brother of Phil, shot a 39. --AB

11:45 a.m.: Emiliano Grillo shot a 2-under 33. He is a native of Resistencia, Argentina. Gavin Hall shot an even-par 35. Hall is from Pittsford and a high school sophomore. Curtis Thompson of Coral Springs, FL shot a 38. The field has many players from around the world, some top notch NCAA players, and top talent from New York state. It really makes for interesting groupings out on the course. --AB

12:08 p.m.: PJ Alterio of Buffalo shot a 41 on the front nine. Tomas Cocha from Salta, Argentina shot a 2-under 33. Scott Harvey shot a 34, Daniel Beckmann had a 36, and Ryan McCarthy shot a 37. --AB

12:16 p.m.: Luke Bleumink, 25, shot a 3-under 32. He birdied holes one and eight, and had an eagle on the par-5 552 yard No.3. He is from Croydon, Australia. --AB

12:28 p.m.: All the groups have now teed off. Around half of the competitors have made the turn. So far, the lowest score is a 3-under 32, posted by David Chung and Luke Bleumink. --AB

12:37 p.m.:  The first competitors have finished their round. Matt Stasiak of Clarence shot 4-over on the back nine. He birdied 10 but would bogey the last five holes to shoot 5-over 75 on the day. Jamie Sindelar of Horseheads shot a 1-over 71. Tripp Davis shot 73 to round out the first group out. --AB

12:51 p.m.: Brinson Paolini from Virginia Beach turned in the first complete round under par. He shot a 1-under 69. Peter Creighton of Kenmore shot a 77, 41 on the front nine and 36 on the back nine. He double bogeyed No. 3 and birdied No. 15. Also in that group was an even-par 70 by Robert Gerwin II. --AB

12:58 p.m.: Just back in from the course. If you're coming out to watch, the area by 15 green is a good spot. You get to see them spin some wedges back on the approach, then tee off on the par-3 16th, which is playing about 200 yards today. You can also watch them tee off on 17, a tough par 4. --JS

1:03 p.m.: Some notes from the course: Paolini saved par with an excellent bunker shot on 15, nearly holing it.  ... Creighton was visibly frustrated, but did knock in about a 30-foot putt for birdie on 15. ... The best accessory of the day so far belongs to Mike McCoy of West Des Moines, Iowa. He was rocking a big cigar after his tee shot on 16. --JS

1:38 p.m.: Just had a long chat with tournament director Steve Denn about the field. There were some late withdrawals and it was an adventure getting the course in playing condition. Amanda will have more on that in her Porter Cup notebook. Scores update coming soon ... --JS

1:41 p.m.: Also finished an interview with Chung, who posted a bogey-free round of 65. He left a 40-foot birdie try on the par-3 18th just short, but with the wind picking up, 65 has a great chance to stand up. --JS

2:16 p.m.: Weather is definitely a factor now. The wind, which was gusting most of the morning, is now sustained. We also had a shower pass through just a few minutes ago, but that has already passed. --JS

2:17 p.m.: A whole bunch of scores: Group III- Nate McCoy 69, George Bryan IV 72, Skip Berkmeyer Jr. 72. Group IV- Mike McCoy 74, Wesley Bryan 69, Andrew Yun 72. Group V- David Chung 65, Jonathan Randolph 70, Kieran Pratt 73. Group VI- Jason Scrivener 70, Brad Benjamin 70, Sihwan Kim 67. Group VII- Matt Jager 70, Byeong-hun An 69, Lion Kim 71. Group VIII- Brendan Smith 76, Alex Ching 77, Bo Hoag 70. Group IX- Jordan Sherratt 70, Tim Mickelson 74, Chan Kim 71. --JS

2:26 p.m.: The lead remains at the 65 of Chung. I'm back out on the course one last time, while Amanda does an interview with Denn and takes over the blog duties for a bit. --JS

3:32 p.m.: More scores, with those under par in bold: Group X- Gavin Hall 70, Emiliano Grillo 70, Curtis Thompson 74. Group XI- Ryan McCarthy 74, Buffalo's PJ Alterio 82, Scott Harvey 71. Group XII- Daniel Beckmann 72, Tim Spitz 70, Tomas Cocha 67. Group XIII- Luke Bleumink 64, Dave Bunker 72, Yaroslav Merkulov 72. Group XIV- Andrew Lane 73, Brett Cairns 73, Tain Lee 72. Group XV- Drew Kittleson 72, Mackenzie Hughes 70, Tarquin MacManus 74. Group XVI- Peter Uihlein 68, Jin Jeong 69, Russell Henley 65. Group XVII- Hudson Swafford 70, Brad Schneider 73, Kevin Phelan 73. --JS

3:37 p.m.: Dark, dark clouds rolling in right now from the north over Lake Ontario. Hoping the final 10 groups can make it in before anything too nasty arrives. --JS

3:40 p.m.: As you can see from the scores listed above, we have a new leader. Luke Bleumink of Australia recored a round of 64, shooting 32 on the front and back. Just got done talking with Bleumink, we'll have more from him later. --JS

3:51 p.m.: It's not raining, but we're in a weather delay. The siren blew roughly three minutes ago. The final group of the day is on No. 13. --JS

3:52 p.m.: More scores: Group XVIII- Harris English 73, Nathan Smith 66, Dylan Frittelli 72. --JS

4:06 p.m.: Still in a weather delay with a steady rain falling, although the sky appears to be lightening and hopefully the thunder and lightning has moved out of the area. There are 24 of the 81 players still to finish their rounds. The latest score update: Group XIX- Byden Macpherson 72, John Hahn 73, Johan de Beer 73. That last name is my favorite of the first round, by far. --JS

4:10 p.m.: The leader board so far: Luke Bleumink -6, Russell Henry and David Chung -5, Nathan Smith -4, Sihwan Kim and Tomas Cocha -3, Peter Uihlein -2. There are 12 players with recorded rounds under par thus far. --JS

4:36 p.m.: Guess I spoke to soon about the sky. It's raining as hard as it has all day right now.

4:45 p.m.: And that's all folks. With a heavy band of showers expected, play has been suspended for the day. The tentative plan is to have the eight groups return to the course at 8 a.m. Friday for a modified shotgun start. A decision will be made on that around 8 p.m., said NFCC general manager Alan Cohen.

We're signing off for now to get some dinner and write for the paper. Check the blog later for the Friday plan and some additional quotes.

---Jay Skurski and Amanda Bremer

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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

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.

@WDX2BB | bbailey@buffnews.com

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