Werenski retains 4-shot lead in Porter Cup

Richy Werenski

LEWISTON, N.Y. –- Richy Werenski maintained his four-shot lead in the Porter Cup, touring Niagara Falls Country Club for a third consecutive bogey-free round to post a 3-under 67 Friday.

Werenski, a Georgia Tech junior from South Hadley, Mass., enters Saturday's final round at 15-under 195. He leads Justin Thomas (67), an Alabama sophomore from Goshen, Ky., by four strokes. Thomas birdied his first four holes to pull even with Werenski but struggled over his next 13 holes before making birdie at the par-3 18th.

First-round leader Denny McCarthy (67), a Virginia sophomore from Rockville, Md., is tied with Scott Harvey (64), the reigning Carolinas Mid-Amateur champion from Greensboro, N.C., in third place at 10-under 200.

Defending champion Patrick Rodgers (69), a Stanford sophomore from Avon, Ind., is tied for fifth at 201 with Florida senior Tyler McCumber of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and Australian Cameron Smith (63), who shot the low round of the day.

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