Familiar faces return for 59th annual Porter Cup

Last year's champion Harrison Endycott is back to defend his title.

LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) – Porter Cup week is back in western New York. Tuesday morning this year’s field took in a practice round and it is was much needed as Niagara Falls Country Club has updated 11 of its putting greens making it a challenge for new golfers and old.

“This year is going to be challenge because those new greens include some angulation,” Porter Cup tournament co-director Michael Vitch said.  “Plus we had a wet spring and early summer have contributed to tough rough conditions.”

“They were rolling really true and good pace too, good holing pace,” 2016 winner Harrison Endycott said. “If we can get on them then we can make some putts on them. I have always had a lot of time and respect for this tournament. Great guys, great players.”

While the returning champ Harriosn Endycott maybe the favorite heading into the tournament, he isn’t the only golfer with a target on his back. Pittsford’s Gavin Hall is playing in his 6th and final Porter Cup before turning pro. He finished second to Endycott last year, falling by just one stroke.

“I feel like just yesterday I was 15 years old and playing the back nine and having the whole town of Lewiston watching me,” Hall said. “I just played the back nine by myself and had some great memories. Just even though last year having a chance to win. We don’t get this in amateur golf like the fans and the community does out here and I am just excited to play.”

The tournament begins bright and early Wednesday and wraps up as always on Saturday afternoon.

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