Groundskeeper tees it up
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Carl Spackler would be proud of this Cinderella story.
A former Niagara Falls Country Club groundskeeper is teeing it up at his old place of employment in this week’s Porter Cup.
John Edwards – no, not the former Democratic presidential candidate – spent two summers working as a groundskeeper at Niagara Falls Country Club. He’ll play in this year’s Porter Cup, which begins today, after shooting 3-under 67 in the Monday qualifier.
His chances of winning the event may not be as slim as Spackler’s odds at the Masters, but Edwards will have to face one of the toughest amateur fields of the year. Defending champion Adam Mitchell and ‘07 champ Brian Harman are among the entrants.
Edwards has tried to qualify for the Porter Cup every year since 2001, but had never broken par in the qualifying event until this year.
“I didn’t think it was going to happen,” Edwards said. “It was unexpected.”