Dunlap leads at Porter Cup with consecutive 65s

Texas A&M's Tyler Dunlap during the final round of stroke play at the 2012 NCAA Championship. Dunlap posted a 71 on Thursday.

Texas A&M's Tyler Dunlap during the final round of stroke play at the 2012 NCAA Championship. Dunlap posted a 71 on Thursday.

LEWISTON, N.Y. – It was a sunny day at Niagara Falls Country Club for the second round of the Porter Cup. Winds picked up as the day went on and made for tough finishing conditions. Here are 5 things you need to know from the Porter Cup.

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1. DUNLAP LEADS: With the help of three consecutive birdies on Nos. 13-15 and four birdies in a five-hole stretch, Tyler Dunlap of Trophy Club, Texas, will take a one-shot lead into the third round of the Porter Cup. Dunlap shot consecutive 65s for a 10-under 130 total.

His scorecards, through two rounds, look eerie similar. Dunlap took advantage of his length off the tees and birdied all three of the par-5s, both days. This time, instead of birdieing his finishing hole on Thursday, he birdied the 183-yard par-3.

He has carried momentum from his T-9 finish last week at the Southern Amateur to Lewiston this week. The rising junior at Texas A&M is looking for his first big victory of his amateur career.

Dunlap had a big moment at the 2013 NCAA Championship at The Capital Club’s Crabapple course in June when he made a 40-foot bomb to advance the Aggies into match play, only to be deflated by a slow-play penalty. The team lost in a sudden-death playoff.

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2. OH CANADA: Justin Shin shot 3-under 67 on Thursday heading into what Friday would be called as ‘moving day.’

Shin’s not a big fan of the front nine at NFCC, but he’s really taking like to the back nine. For the second consecutive day, he birdied No. 10 to get his momentum going as the tees were moved up about 30 yards.

He proceeded to make an eagle on No. 11 from 237 yards with a hybrid. He stuck it to 5 feet.

“I think that’s probably the best nine holes for me (collectively between Wednesday and Thursday’s round),” Shin said. He is 10 under on the back nine through the first two rounds.

Beau Hossler is sandwiched in between another Canadian, Taylor Pendrith. Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ontario, shot a second-round 4-under 66, and is three shots back of his Canadian National Team teammate and four off the lead.

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3. HOOK’EM HOSSLER: Beau Hossler is looking for his second consecutive amateur victory after firing a 2-under 68 for a two-day total of 7-under 133. Two weeks ago, Hossler won the Southern California Amateur.

“My game is still there,” Hossler said. “Not playing so many tournaments in eights months or so is definitely difficult to back in the swing of things. I feel great on the course.”

Hossler made four birdies and two bogeys on Thursday.

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4. THROWBACK THURSDAY: In 1994, Tiger Woods played in his only Porter Cup at Niagara Falls Country Club. It was memorable, that’s for sure. He made a hole-in-one on the par-3 12th hole. Unfortunately, the final round of that year was rained out and Woods finished T-8 at 6 under.

The newest Open Championship winner, Phil Mickelson, won the Porter Cup back in 1990. Just as he did at this year’s Championship at Muirfield (coming back from five shots), Mickelson came back, except this time from a six-shot deficit, by shooting a final-round 7-under 63 to claim the Porter Cup over David Duval by a single shot.

Phil’s brother, Tim, the head golf coach at Arizona State, shot rounds of 76-65 during two rounds for a 1-over 141 total.

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5. SHORT SHOTS: 2013 NCAA Individual medalist Max Homa bounced back nicely after an opening even-par 70. On Thursday, Homa shot 3-under 67 and is T-9. . . . Five international players are in the top-10: Shin, Pendrith, Brady Watt, Charlie Bull and Alejandro Tosti. . . . Low mid-amateur after two rounds is Nick Gilliam of Gainsville, Fla. Gilliam shot rounds of 73-67. . . . No. 17, the 480-yard par-4 played as the toughest hole on the course. . . . The scoring average was 70.76 in round two, 1.61 strokes lower than the first round.

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