Taylor Pendrith wins Porter Cup by five shots

Kent State's Taylor Pendrith poses for the cameras after winning the Porter Cup on Saturday.

Kent State's Taylor Pendrith poses for the cameras after winning the Porter Cup on Saturday.

LEWISTON, N.Y. – With a rendition of ‘Oh, Canada’ by the audience at the awards ceremony, Taylor Pendrith became just the third Canadian to hoist the Porter Cup trophy at Niagara Falls Country Club on Saturday. He shot a final round 3-under 67 for a 16 under total, the third lowest score total in tournament history.

“It was great,” Pendrith said when asked about the Canadian National Anthem begin sung to him. “Good thing I knew the words.”

Texas A&M’s Tyler Dunlap finished in second when he made a 40-foot bomb on the 18th to finish at 11-under 269.

“It’s starting to sink in,” Pendrith said. “Just to see the names of who have won this tournament, and to see their names on the trophy, is pretty awesome. I am very privileged.”

The rising Kent State senior made pars on holes Nos. 1-4, including a clutch up-and-down from 15 feet on the fourth, and then he went on a three-hole birdie streak as he nearly aced the par-3 seventh.

He made the turn with a five-shot lead as he bogeyed the ninth. At that point, the rain started to come down, and it poured for most of the afternoon.

“I knew if I played solid today, it would be close. After nine, I think I was 4 or 5 up, but I tried not to think about it, and I tried to just play my game,” Pendrith said.

He made two birdies and one bogey on the back to secure the five-shot victory.

Pendrith’s last win was in May, when he won the MAC Championship individual title for the Flash. He has struggled with his game since, but got a swing thought in his mind this week, he was able to play his game of golf.

“This just gives me confidence moving forward,” Pendrith said. “I haven’t been playing particularly well over the last three weeks, but I got a swing thought and it’s been good.”

Second-round leader Dunlap nor first-round leader Justin Shin, who played in the final grouping with Pendrith, could get anything going in their final rounds. Dunlap shot a 1-under 69 and Shin, who is Canadian National teammates with Pendrith, finished with a 2-over 72.

This is by far Pendrith’s biggest win of his career. He ranks it the highest accomplishment of his golfing career.

“This feels awesome,” he said.

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SHORT SHOTS: California senior Michael Weaver won the William H. Campbell Award. It is awarded to the player with the lowest combine score from the Northeast Amateur, Players Amateur and Porter Cup. . . . Walker Cup teammates Max Homa and Patrick Rodgers finished the last two rounds in total at 3 under and 5 under, respectively. . . . Low round of the tournament was a 63, shot in the third round by eventual champion Taylor Pendrith and Matt NeSmith. . . . The low amateur for the week was Nick Gilliam (73-67-70-68). . . . Josh White, who was coming off a back/shoulder injury from England, finished T-55.

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