NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – Despite playing in his sixth Porter Cup, the excitement of the week hasn’t worn off on Mike Boss.
“I always get the jitters on the first tee, the butterflies in your stomach, and everything” the 23-year old said. “So, I am used to it but it is still really cool playing every year.”
And if anyone has a feel on how the course is looking through the four day tournament, it would be the Niagara Falls Country Club Pro. It just so happens that John Boss is Mike’s dad.
“You get emotional when he is out there so I try not to go out there and bother him,” the NFCC pro since 1997. “Usually my wife texts me how he is doing out there.”
“He doesn’t really put any pressure on me but he is there to help me if I need it,” Mike added.
After graduating from college this past spring, Mike came home to Niagara Falls Country Club and got a job working on the grounds crew. He balances that with studying for the CPA exam.
“Not this week, I got the week off.”
Even with a week off of work and more knowledge of the course than money could buy, that doesn’t make it any easier for Mike come competition time.
“The greens are really fast and the rough thickens up around the greens so it plays a little different than I am used to but, I know how to hit all the shots, I have been out here enough times.”
Enough times to know how special these four days of competition are to the Niagara Falls Country Club community, hosting the rising stars in the sport of golf.
“A couple years down the road, you will see a lot of these guys on the tour and so it is really cool to meet all these young guys now before their hot shots on the tour.”
But, that doesn’t mean he will be passing along any tips on the course he knows so well to his competitors.