Schlottman, Reichert reach Porter Cup lead in different ways
Ben Schlottman (Auburn Athletics photo)
LEWISTON, N.Y. (July 18, 2018) – A pair of SEC golfers top the Porter Cup leaderboard after the first round at Niagara Falls Country Club. Ben Schlottman
, who just completed his senior season at Auburn, and Ben Reichert
, a rising junior at Ole Miss, opened with rounds of 5-under 65 on Wednesday.
Reichert’s card was just a bit more colorful. The East Amherst, N.Y., native opened with a birdie, but the real highlight came three holes later. He holed out at the 196-yard par-3 fourth using a 6-iron. It was his first hole-in-one in tournament play.
Reichert added four more birdies and two bogeys to reach 5 under for the day. Schlottman, meanwhile, had only birdies. There wasn’t a blemish on his card on Wednesday.
Australian Blake Windred and Cole Hughes, a rising sophomore at Youngstown State, tied for third at 3-under 67. A day after winning his U.S. Amateur qualifier at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye player Daniel Wetterich posted a 2-under 68 to land in a five-man tie for fifth.
Will Thomson, Michael Mattiace, Charlie Dann and Austin Hitt are also on that number.
is among the six players who are another shot back in a tie for 10th. Walsh finished fourth last week at the Players Amateur in Bluffton, S.C.
Defending champion Brandon Wu
opened with 7-over 77 and is near the bottom of the leaderboard in a tie for 72nd. Wu’s card was dotted with too many bogeys, as well as a triple-bogey at the par-4 10th.
ABOUT THE Porter Cup
One of the premier amateur events in the
nation, this 72-hole stroke play invitational has
extra activities that give this event a special
The winning player receives a green blazer, as
invitation to the Master of the Amateurs
tournament in Melbourne, Australia. Pre-
tournament qualifying is a few weeks prior to the
approximately five spots are available. The
field is open to the
first 90 entrants with handicaps less than 3.
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