Crouch Ties for Sixth at 2014 Porter Cup Championships
LEWISTON, N.Y. - Two-time NCAA Division II Individual National Champion Tim Crouch saved his best for Saturday's fourth and final round of the 56th Annual Porter Cup Championships as the former Moccasin fired a three-under par 67 here at the Niagara Falls Country Club to finish in a three-way tie for sixth place at the one of the prestigious amateur tournaments in the country.
Crouch, who entered Saturday's final round sitting in a tie for 16th place after carding a two-under 68 in Friday's third round, used four birdies and a double bogey on the par, 9th hole to climb 10 spots up the leaderboard and finish in the Top 10 of the tournament for the second consecutive season. Crouch's final round 67 was tied for the third-lowest round on the day as only the 65 posted by Denny McCarthy of Rockville, Md. and the 66 shot by Chris Hickman of Centreville, Md., were lower on the round.
For the tournament, Crouch shot a four-under par 276 for 72 holes to finish tied for sixth place. Crouch finished four shots behind tournament champion, Geoff Drakeford of Australia, who shot a one-over 71 in Saturday's final round and finished with an 8-under par 272 for 72 holes to claim the 2014 Porter Cup Championship trophy. Drakeford, who was the leader after the second and third rounds, finished one shot in front of Beau Hossler and McCarthy, who each shot 7-under par 273's to finish as runners-up. Hossler, who was an NCAA Division I Honorable Mention All-American as a freshman at the University of Texas this past spring, fired a 68 in Saturday's final round, while McCarthy's 5-under 65 helped the senior-to-be from the University of Virginia climb 12 spots on the leaderboard and tie for runner-up honors.
Australian Ben Eccles finished fourth as he carded a 70 in the final round to finish the event by shooting 6-under 274 for 72 holes, while the reigning NCAA Division III National Champion Bobby Holden from the University of (Calif.) Redlands finished fifth as he shot a 5-under 275 for 72 holes to finish in fifth place overall.
At last year's Porter Cup Championship, Crouch shot a six-under 274 to finish in a tie for eighth place. Taylor Pendrith, who was a senior this past spring at Kent State University, claimed the championship last season as he carded a 16-under 264 for 72 holes to win the 55th annual Porter Cup trophy.
In Saturday's final round, Crouch opened by firing a one-under 34 on the front nine as he recorded three birdies and that double bogey on No. 10, before shooting a two-under 33 on the back nine as he had two birdies and seven pars to complete his round of 67. For the four-day tournament, Crouch, who play in the Western Amateur next weekend at the Beverly Country Club in Chicago, Ill., recorded 17 birdies, nine bogeys and two double bogeys and played the course's three par 5 holes (No. 3, 11, 15) at 7-under par for four rounds.
Crouch tied for sixth with David Boote, who was an honorable mention All-American this past spring at Stanford and Trevor Sluman, who is a junior-to-be at the University of Louisville and is the nephew of PGA veteran Jeff Sluman. Boote shot a 72 in the final round, while Sluman fired an even-par 70 on Saturday. Boote (73rd) is ranked in the Top 100 of the latest Scratch Players World Amateur Rankings, while Crouch is 122nd and Sluman is 833rd.
For the tournament, 17 of the 75 players in the field finished with a score of under par on the 6,871 Niagara Falls Country Club course.
The Porter Cup Championship is one of the world's top amateur tournaments. The tournament is an amateur event and the participants are selected on the basis of their competitive record and accomplishments in major amateur and collegiate tournaments.
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