Holman off to solid start at Porter Cup

Nathan Holman has opened with a 4-under-par 66 to close round one in a share of 4th position at the Porter Cup in Lewiston, New York.

The Victorian sits two strokes behind the leader, American Denny McCarthy, who hails from the University of Virginia. McCarthy was once rated by GolfWeek as the nation’s top junior and also played in the Junior Ryder Cup.

Nathan Holman Nathan Holman is in a tie for 4th following the opening roundoft the Porter Cup in Lewiston, New York (Photo: Anthony Powter)

Matt Stieger was another Aussie to open well, the 2011 Australian Amateur champion firing a 3-under-par 67 to be in a tie for 10th position.

Rory Bourke, Todd Sinnott and Brett Drewitt are at 1-under-par and in a tie for 29th position.

Ryan McCarthy opened with a 1-over-par 71 and sits in 45th place along with Cameron Smith.

Jake Higginbottom was not able to get the start he wanted, firing a 3-over-par 73 to close the day equal 64th.

Smith and Higginbottom are favourites for selection in the Australian Eisenhower team for the World Amateur Teams Championship scheduled for October in Turkey and are in need of solid results in the US.

Both players have yet to make an impact since arriving from the UK.

This year, Porter Cup tournament directors were forced to move the championship forward a week to avoid a conflict with the Web.com Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational, which has traditionally extended invitations to the collegiate players named Division I All-Americans.

Moving the Porter Cup a week earlier also meant that it is against another premier amateur event in the Southern Amateur Championship.

The Southern also has an attractive carrot to dangle in the form of an exemption into Arnold Palmer’s PGA Tour event, the Bay Hill Invitational, to its winner.

Daniel Nisbet, winner at last week at The Player Amateur, elected to play The Southern Amateur along with five other Australians and opened with a 77.

Jake McLeod was the best of the Australians at The Southern, carding a 1-under-par 71 to sit three behind the first round leaders.