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Corey Pereira won the 2014 Pacific Coast Amateur by eight shots.
Corey Pereira won the 2014 Pacific Coast Amateur by eight shots.

Corey Pereira fired a 3-under 67 on Friday to cruise to an eight-shot victory at the 48th Pacific Coast Amateur in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Pereira, a sophomore at Washington, did most of his damage in Rounds 2 and 3, firing back-to-back 62s to make Friday's 18 holes at Pine Canyon simply a formality. It also gave him confidence going into the final round.

"I've carried a lead in junior events before but nothing of this caliber. I think I am well prepared to handle it. If I can keep doing what I am doing, I'm sure there will ...

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Cassie Stein
Geoff Drakeford during the third round of the 56th Porter Cup at Niagara Falls Country Club.
Geoff Drakeford during the third round of the 56th Porter Cup at Niagara Falls Country Club.

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LEWISTON, N.Y. – Geoff Drakeford showed no signs of slowing down Friday.

Drakeford, of Australia, fired a 2-under 68 in the third round of the 56th annual Porter Cup at Niagara Falls Country Club to take a three-shot lead into Saturday's final round.

Drakeford is 9 under for the tournament.

After opening with a pair of pars on Friday, Drakeford used the par-5 third hole to get his round jumpstarted.

With fellow competitor Jarrod Freeman, a fellow Aussie who had completed his third round early in the day, on his bag, Drakeford was able to overcome a ...

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July 25, 2014 | 10:57 a.m.

Flashback Friday: 2007 Porter Cup

Cassie Stein
Rickie Fowler, shown during the 2014 British Open, played in the 2007 Porter Cup field.
Rickie Fowler, shown during the 2014 British Open, played in the 2007 Porter Cup field.

Year after year, the Porter Cup and its 13-year tournament director Steve Denn recruit some of the best players from around the world to play in Lewiston, N.Y., a town of approximately 2,700 people.

The 2007 Porter Cup field could arguably have been one of the best in recent memory, featuring players that have gone on to be some of golf's top pros.

In ’07, it was former Georgia Bulldog Brian Harman who ran away with the title blistering the 2003 scoring mark set by Casey Wittenberg with a 22-under 258 total for 72 holes.

Here is ...

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Cassie Stein
Geoff Drakeford takes the second-round lead at the 56th Porter Cup at Niagara Falls Country Club.
Geoff Drakeford takes the second-round lead at the 56th Porter Cup at Niagara Falls Country Club.

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LEWISTON, N.Y. – Take advantage when you can is the adage at Niagara Falls Country Club for the 56th annual Porter Cup.

Gavin Hall, who currently sits in second after a second-round, even-par 70, says gaining momentum into the back nine in any given round is crucial if you want to score well out here.

“You have to play Nos. 10-13 really well because the last few holes are tough,” Hall said.

Hall took advantage as he birdied all three par-5s Thursday, but fell victim to the par 3s as he bogeyed three out of five.

Geoff Drakeford ...

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Ron Gaines
Jesse Bull
Jesse Bull

Jesse Bull birdied the final hole to win the 111th Minnesota Golf Association Amateur Championship at Golden Valley Golf & Country Club. In doing so he became the first player since 1948 to win on his home course.

Bull’s 2-under 70 on Wednesday put him at 4 under for the tournament and gave him a one-stroke victory over second-place finisher, Erik Christopherson.

The 39-year-old Bull began the final round in second place, two shots off the lead after bogeys on Wednesday’s final three holes gave him a 1-over 73.

“I tried to forget about yesterday,” Bull said. “I thought ...

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Cassie Stein
Will Thomson became the youngest player to play in the Porter Cup history on Wednesday at the age of 13.
Will Thomson became the youngest player to play in the Porter Cup history on Wednesday at the age of 13.

LEWISTON, N.Y. – What were you doing as a 13-year-old in the summertime?

Definitely not what Will Thomson is doing this week at the Porter Cup or in two weeks at the U.S. Amateur.

Thomson, a native of Pittsford, N.Y., became the youngest player to play in the field at Niagara Falls Country Club on Wednesday. Just a few weeks ago, Thomson made headlines for becoming the youngest qualifier in U.S. Amateur history, which is set to take place in Atlanta Athletic Club in two weeks.

Thomson was a late addition to the Porter Cup field, receiving ...

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Cassie Stein
Gavin Hall on the par-4 ninth at Niagara Falls Country Club during the first round of the Porter Cup.
Gavin Hall on the par-4 ninth at Niagara Falls Country Club during the first round of the Porter Cup.

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LEWISTON, N.Y. – On a day when the wind howled from start to finish, two Texas Longhorns sit atop the leaderboard after the first round of the 56th Porter Cup.

Sophomore Gavin Hall shot a 6-under 64 and incoming freshman Taylor Funk shot 65 at Niagara Falls Country Club.

Hall, a three-time participant of the event, got off to a fast start on Wednesday by making a birdie and an eagle putt in his first three holes. It was his lowest first round at the Porter Cup.

“I’ve always been around even par after my first round ...

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Cassie Stein

LEWISTON, N.Y. – The winter in the Northeast, specifically at Niagara Falls Country Club here, was one of the worst in recent memory, with record-breaking low temperatures and snowfall from December to mid-March.

Extensive course damage challenged new superintendent David Meteer. The bowl-shaped greens – a Robert Trent Jones signature – froze and thawed several times during the winter in western New York. The dramatic temperature swings – 55 one day and below zero the next – caused the most damage, leading to frozen greens and damaged turf.

Ultimately, 19 of 21 greens died, included the putting green, chipping green and the putting surface ...

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Cassie Stein
Doug Ghim
Doug Ghim

LEWISTON, N.Y. – The 56th annual Porter Cup is set to take place this week at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, N.Y.

A number of new faces will play in western New York on Wednesday through Saturday, in the 78-player field. A lot of the top names in the amateur game have turned professional, such as 2011 winner Patrick Rodgers, Cory Whitsett and Bobby Wyatt. There was no reason for the former top amateurs in the world to stay amateur since the Walker Cup isn’t until September 2015.

Here are a few notes and players to keep ...

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Ron Gaines
John Kelly after securing the 2014 Massachusetts Amateur Championship at Kernwood CC in Salem, Mass.
John Kelly after securing the 2014 Massachusetts Amateur Championship at Kernwood CC in Salem, Mass.

SALEM, Mass. – John Kelly turned his dream into a reality Saturday by winning the 106th Massachusetts Amateur Championship at Kernwood Country Club, defeating Doug Clapp by a score of 3 and 2.

“My name is on the trophy forever,” said the 25-year old Kelly following his victory. “Frances Ouimet won it here (in 1922) and that’s pretty cool company.”

Playing under perfect weather conditions, the only thing amateur about Kelly was his status. The word unbelievable is what many could use to describe his consistent play.

Entering the final match, Kelly had played 10-under-par golf through his previous 30 ...

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July 19, 2014 | 4:11 p.m.

M.J. Maguire wins Southern Amateur by 3

Cassie Stein
M.J. Maguire
M.J. Maguire

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The finishing holes at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn., proved to be damaging for all but one.

M.J. Maguire won the 108th Southern Amateur Championship on Saturday with a 4-under 284 total to defeat Australian Geoff Drakeford and Victor Perez of Albuquerque, N.M., by three shots.

Maguire, who plays at North Florida, was five shots back of 54-hole leader Beau Hossler entering the day, but was one of five players to shoot under par in the final round. Maguire capped off his victory with a 1-under 71.

Hossler squandered his two-shot lead early in the final ...

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Adam Schupak
After winning the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links, Byron Meth (right) hugs runner-up Doug Ghim at Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kan.
After winning the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links, Byron Meth (right) hugs runner-up Doug Ghim at Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kan.

NEWTON, Kan. – The U.S. Amateur Public Links, in its last year of existence, refused to go quietly. It took 37 holes for Byron Meth of San Diego to outlast Doug Ghim of Arlington Heights, Ill., 1 up at Sand Creek Station Golf Course to become the final name inscribed on the James D. Standish Trophy.

“I think it would be cool to be known as the perpetual champion,” Meth, a 21-year-old rising senior at University of the Pacific.

Meth trailed 1 down on the 36th hole when Ghim fanned his tee shot into the driving range – marked as out ...

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Ron Gaines
Raymond Knoll, winner of the 2014 Illinois Amateur.
Raymond Knoll, winner of the 2014 Illinois Amateur.

Raymond Knoll, a rising star for the Iowa men’s golf team, is building a July to remember. Just two weeks shy of his 19th birthday, Knoll capped the month with a victory in the 84th Illinois State Amateur Championship at Cantigny Golf in Wheaton, Ill.

Along the way he also qualified for his first PGA Tour event, the John Deere Classic, and earned an alternate spot for the U.S. Amateur Championship.

“It was great to come here this week to Cantigny and win,” Knoll said. “It’s where I grew up, it’s what I know and where ...

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Adam Schupak
Doug Ghim during the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links at Newton, Kan.
Doug Ghim during the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links at Newton, Kan.

NEWTON, Kan. – Byron Meth and Doug Ghim are headed to Georgia. Only one of them likely will go there next April. On Saturday, they will square off in a 36-hole match-play final at Sand Creek Station Golf Course to determine whose name will join the roll call of champions of the U.S. Amateur Public Links, and who likely will earn an invite to the 2015 Masters.

Meth, a 21-year-old rising senior at Pacific, blitzed 43-year-old Jess Bonneau of Houston, 6 and 5, while Ghim rallied to defeat Michael Gellerman of Sterling, Kan., 1 up.

Neither APL finalist has to ...

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Cassie Stein
Beau Hossler
Beau Hossler

With a 2-under 70 on Friday, Beau Hossler took sole possession of the lead at the Southern Amateur, which is being held at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Hossler, a two-time U.S. Open participant (2011, '12), will take a two-shot lead over Trevor Cone into the final round. Hossler, a rising sophomore at Texas and a Mission Viejo, Calif., native, has a 54-hole total of 8-under 208.

Cone, a rising senior at Virginia Tech, also shot 2-under 70, which included four birdies and two bogeys.

South Carolina's Will Starke of Chapin, S.C., remains in third place ...

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