July 8, 2009
Happy Porter preview
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Cortland’s Matt Porter got a preview of his college athletic career last week, and it’s safe to say he enjoyed it.
The recent Cortland High graduate fired a two-under-par 214 for three rounds (70-68-76) to win the Boys’ 16-18 Championship of the PGA Junior Series event on the Penn State Blue Course last Tuesday through Thursday. Porter will be playing golf for the Nittany Lions this fall.
With the win, Porter earned an automatic berth in the 34th Junior PGA Nationals July 28-31 at TPC River’s Bend in Maineville, Ohio. His former Purple Tigers teammate Jeff Brown, who will be a senior at CHS this fall, will also be competing in that event after winning the Boys 16-18 title at the CNYPGA Junior Golf Championship last week at The Links at Sunset Ridge in Marcellus.
Porter won the Penn State event by three strokes over runner-up Andrew Feldman of Allentown, Pa., who carded a 217 (73-73-71). Elysburg, Pa.’s Shane Yeager was third at 219 (71-73-75). Two other players from Cortland were among five golfers tied for 52nd in the 87-player field at 246. Mike Congdon, who will be a senior at CHS this fall, had rounds of 83-82-81, while Chris Pace, who graduated last month and will play golf for SUNYIT this fall, had rounds of 85-81-80.
Porter is competing this week in an American Junior Golf Association event being hosted by Ohio State, and is currently in seventh place after shooting an opening round 71 on Tuesday in Columbus.
Leads NYS Amateur
SYRACUSE — Cortland’s Mary Carmody fired a one-under-par 70 Tuesday to take the lead after the first round of the New York State Women’s Amateur at Drumlins East.
Carmody, who played golf for Longwood University in Virginia from which she graduated in May, had a one-shot lead over two-time defending champion Christy Schultz from Rochester after the first of three rounds in the event. Teresa Cleland from Syracuse and Vestal’s Kristina Wong were tied for third at 73.
The field was to be cut to the top 40 with ties after the completion of today’s second round.
Carmody has already had some tournament success since graduation, shooting a 68, the lowest final-round score in the field, to finish 18th at 225 in last month’s Women’s Eastern Golf Association Amateur Championships in Nellysford, Va.
In FUTURES Field
SYRACUSE — When the LPGA’s developmental tour — the Duramed FUTURES Tour — visits the East Course at Drumlins Country Club for the first time on July 31 through August 1, Mary Carmody of Cortland will be in the field for the $100,000 Alliance Bank Golf Classic.
The 54-hole event will be the 13th stop on the Duramed FUTURES Tour, and the first of two tournaments in New York State. Carmody will be appearing as an amateur in the tournament. She recorded two top-10 finishes in collegiate competition while at Longwood University, including one win, and was named the 2004 Central New York Girls’ Player of the Year.
Other players expected to compete include last year’s winner, Kim Welch of Sacramento, Calif., and 2007 winner, Violeta Retamoza of Aguascalientes, Mexico. Welch is a current member of the LPGA Tour and was the winner of The Golf Channel’s “Big Break: Ka’anapali” series. Retamoza is a former member of the LPGA Tour, who recorded 15 top-10 finishes in collegiate competition, including four wins, while at the University of Tennessee.
Also competing are area professionals Lori Atsedes of Ithaca and Kyla Jones of Nanuet. Atsedes is a seven-time winner on the Duramed FUTURES Tour and a former member of the LPGA Tour.
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