Each and every year some of the top amateur golfers from around the globe gather in Lewiston for the Porter Cup. This year is no different, as Niagara Falls Country Club prepares to host an impressive lineup of amateurs, including a few familiar faces.
"I've definitely matured in the way I play my game, especially in tournament golf," Gavin Hall, a Rochester native said on Tuesday. "I kind of learned a lot in college being at Texas and my short game has definitely improved, along with being able to drive it a little more consistently."
Hall is just months removed from receiving his diploma from the University of Texas. The 22-year-old is playing in his sixth Porter Cup, making his first appearance as a 15-year-old. In 2016 Hall came up just short finishing in second place.
"You know the dream is to be on the PGA Tour," Hall said. "Whether that happens next year or a couple years down the road, that's okay, I'm just going to look forward to the journey and just trying to get there."
University of Michigan senior Kyle Mueller agrees, saying the goal is to ultimately be playing at the highest level.
"Yeah, the big picture for all of us I think is the PGA Tour. I mean you look at a lot of the guys who have come through this event are now on the PGA Tour.
"I mean, week to week we play with the best amateurs in the world and I mean that's ultimately the end goal for all of us and hopefully, we can achieve that."
Looking to defend his title is 21-year-old Harrison Endycott from Australia. Last year, Endycott rallied on the final day of the tournament, shooting a 3-under 67 to beat Hall.
"I can't wait to get out there and play," Endycott said with a smile. "It's going to be another great year here and the competition is definitely strong, so, I'm prepared to put my A game on and play my best."