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Kurt Smith back in top form at Lake-Porter

Updated: September 5, 2013 7:10AM



ST. JOHN — In last year’s Lake-Porter Golf Classic, 2011 senior champion Kurt “The Minnow” Smith didn’t perform up to his usual high standards due a bad rotator cuff, which he had surgery on this past winter.

But this year, Smith is back in form and in the hunt for another title after shooting a 75 for a tie with defending senior champion Frank Katsinis for second place.

“After shooting a 69 at the Gary Amateur and playing in the final group — that helped bring me back a bit,” Smith said. “It started out a little rough today. The putter was not there today. The sand was muddy too, and I was under a lip on six. It rolled up and didn’t come out.

“My putter was hot back in 2011, so hopefully I can get that back Sunday.”

Being Frank: Katsinis has delivered quality performances and honesty about his game over the years.

The 1997 champion shot a 37 and 38 for a 75 — putting him in a good spot to repeat. And, yet, he was honest about his performance being nothing extraordinary

“It was a regular day — nothing exciting happening,” Katsinis said. “I had a couple of missed putts with a bogey-bogey finish. I did keep the ball in play — though a dryer course might have helped.”

On his toes: Smith is not the only golfer who carries a unique nickname. Mid-handicap A co-leader Bob Middleton has been known as “Toes” since his high school days to due a unique uniform malfunction.

“The letter ‘N’ fell off my jersey one day in high school, and they started calling me Middle toe,” Middleton said. “Then they just started calling me Toes, and the name stuck.”

Sharp-shooting women: Though only two competed, Caroline Kupchik and Nina Nipcon shot solid rounds on Saturday — with Kupchik finishing with an 80 and Nipcon a 79.

Birdies and bogeys: Super senior leader Robert Berg boasted the highest amount of birdies on Saturday with five, but they were frequently cancelled out on the front and back nine with bogeys.

“It was hard because I threw my back on the third hold,” Berg said. “I couldn’t bend over, so I couldn’t swing hard. I was bumping it up into the middle of the fairway and making puts.”



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