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Back-nine 29 rockets Viraat Badhwar up Porter Cup leader board

By Jay Skurski | Buffalo News Sports

Here is Viraat Badhwar’s score card from the back nine Thursday at the Porter Cup.

Birdie. Birdie. Birdie. Birdie. Birdie. Birdie. Bogey. Birdie. Par.

Add, it all up, and that’s 6-under 29.

“I just hit a lot of quality golf shots,” Badhwar said. “I gave myself a lot of looks at birdie and some of them just happened to drop. It was a really good time.”

A 20-year-old senior at Stanford playing in his first Porter Cup, Badhwar’s round of 5-under 65 moved him 18 spots up the leader board into a tie for third place at 4-under 136 through 36 holes at Niagara Falls Country Club.

Things just got rolling and I made a few putts,” he said. “It takes a lot of really good golf shots to do it, and I was pretty proud of myself to be able to put myself in that position and make the putts when I needed to.

Badhwar knows from experience – he has a round of 59 on his career resume, shot at the Stanford golf course.

“You don’t really expect anything of the sort, you just try and play as well as you can, and if things get rolling, it can happen,” he said.

Badhwar is making his first Porter Cup appearance at the urging of his Cardinal teammate, David Boote.

“Monday was the first time I saw the course,” he said. “Everyone has been super nice and the golf course is in great condition, so it’s been a lot of fun.”

Badhwar was born in India and lived there until he was 11, when his family moved to Australia. He’s a member of the Australian national team and came to the U.S. to attend Stanford.

“It’s kind of cool to have a lot of diverse experiences that I can draw upon,” he said. “I’m looking forward to having a great senior year and enjoying it as much as I can.”

Before that, he hopes to add to the Stanford legacy at the Porter Cup by slipping on the winner’s green jacket Saturday.

“There’s still a long way to go, so we’ll see how it all turns out,” he said. “It’ll be fun.”

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