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Edmister heating up on the amateur golf summer circuit

BU golfer to compete in 2013 Porter Cup next week

July 19, 2013


Edmister heating up on the amateur golf summer circuit

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Eastern Amateur Final Scores

Contact: Mike Porter (sports1@binghamton.edu)

Vestal, NY—Fresh off a junior campaign where he repeated as Team MVP and earned PING All-Region honors for the second straight season, Binghamton University golfer and senior-to-be Bryce Edmister has carried his strong play from this past calendar school year out on the summer circuit. The Webster, NY native recently racked up a top-10 finish at the prestigious Eastern Am, a tournament that attracts some of the top golfers up the East Coast each year. In addition to the top-10 finish, he also was able to qualify for the 2013 Porter Cup, which will take place beginning next Wednesday.

Known as one of the longest running Amateur golf tournaments in the country, the Eastern Am celebrated its 57th year of competition earlier this July. The event took place at Elizabeth Manor Golf & CC in Portsmouth, Virginia where Edmister was able to tee it up with some of the top past and present Division I golfers and amateur players in the country. Notable winners of the past include Curtis Strange (17-time winner on PGA Tour, 1988-89 US Open Champion) and Steve Liebler (3-time Eastern Am winner). 

At the four-day tournament, he shot a 72-hole total of 275 (-5), which was good enough for a share of ninth place. The winner of the event was recent Virginia Tech grad Mike Moyers who shot a 266 (-14) at tournament’s end. Other players in the top-10 included collegiate athletes from Michigan, Virginia, VCU, Akron and George Mason.

“The Eastern Am was a lot of fun,” Edmister explained. “I really enjoyed meeting and competing against some of the top golfers in the country. I didn’t have my “A” game, but was fortunate enough to keep the ball in front of me for four rounds and managed to complete the 72 hole event without a penalty stroke.”

Earlier this summer, Edmister was able to qualify for the 2013 Porter Cup by medaling at a Qualifier in Niagara Falls. The lefty fired a 65 at the par 70 Niagara Falls Country Club, earning a trip into the field for the first time. What made the round of 65 and his eventual qualifying for the Porter Cup even more sweet was the chance to have his father, Jim, caddy him for the day.

“Having my dad on the bag was pretty cool,” Bryce said. “He really helped me read my putts which proved to be a key component in my 65. It’s a nice memory to have heading into the tournament and has reassured me that it’s possible to have an even lower round out there come next week.”

The Porter Cup is in its 55th year of existence, bringing some of the top players in the world to Upstate New York. Former champions include Phil Mickelson (41 PGA Tour victories, 4-time major champion), Ben Crenshaw (19-time winner on PGA Tour, 1984, 1995 Masters Champion) and Scott Simpson (1987 US Open Winner).  Other notable participants at the Porter Cup include golfing icons Tiger Woods (1994), Davis Love III (1982, 1984) and Tom Lehman (1979, 1981-82), just to name a few.

“It’s really a great honor to have qualified for the Porter Cup,” Edmister said. “Just like the Eastern Am, I will again be competing against the top amateur golfers in the country, which is only going to make me stronger as a player. My goal is to play smart enough to put myself in contention on Saturday afternoon. If I can accomplish that, I feel confident that I can compete with anyone.”

Porter Cup action will begin on Wednesday, July 24 and carry throughout Saturday, July 27. As of yesterday, the field was set at 84 players, including people from 24 states and 9 different countries. Players competing include the last two Porter Cup Champions (Richy Werenski, Patrick Rodgers), as well as 17 of the top-100 Division I collegiate players as rated by Golfweek

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