It’s been 56 years since a native of western New York has won the Porter Cup, but Ben Reichert of Amherst put his name on the trophy Saturday finishing the four rounds with a -11 under par performance. Reichert has played six times in the Niagara Falls Country Club tourney and is scheduled to turn pro at the end of 2021 so this past weekends performance was all the more satisfying.

Reichert held off Garrett Rank on the back nine with some luck and plenty of skill. The Amherst native hit a tree off the tee on 17, but the ball bounced onto the fairway to keep him in play. Then on 18 Reichert hit a seven iron long only to have the ball strike a spectator and fall in the rough in the back of the green. Reichert then hit a masterful shot out of the rough to within seven feet of the cup and sank the putt for par and the championship.

The final scoring for the tournament is available at Porter Cup.

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