Beau Hossler and Tyler Dunlap each posted rounds of five-under 65 to edge close to Justin Shin as the first round of the Porter Cup closed. Hossler played a balanced round of -3 on the front and -2 on the back, while Dunlap went low on the back to offset an even-par front.In all, fifteen golfers broke par on Wednesday at the Niagara Falls Country Club course.
Beau Hossler eagled the third and birdied the fourth before a fifth-hole bogey stopped the momentum. Three more birdies along the way completed his round. Tyler Dunlap inscribed seven pars, a birdie and a bogey on his outward nine, then lit up the back with five birdies to reach five-under par.
Max Buckley, Bryson Dechambeau and Peter Williamson recorded three-under scores of 67 on Wednesday. Five golfers (Gavin Hall, Callan O’Reilly, Taylor Pendrith, Charlie Bull and Tim Crouch) turned in 68s and four more contestants (Kramer Hickock, Denny McCarthy, Benjamin Taylor and Alejandro Tosti) were at one-under par, heading into round two.
Defending champion Richy Werenski found himself at even-par, not out of it, but certainly in need of a low number on Thursday. In search of an even lower number is 2011 champion Patrick Rodgers, who struggled to a three-over 73. Rodgers stood even for the day on the 16th tee, after a birdie three on 15. He went bogey-double bogey on the next two holes to lose three precious strokes.
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