Mt. Vernon Register-News

Sports

July 18, 2013

Mt. Vernon golfer focuses on SIGA

MT. VERNON —

Tom Portner is hoping his home course experience pays off this weekend.

The Mt. Vernon golfer missed the cut at this week's Illinois State Amateur held in Rockford this week, but he returns ready to play the Southern Illinois Golf Association Championship. The event is being held at Green Hills Golf Club.

This is my home course for sure. It has been for a long time,” Portner said. “(I) had good success here in the Green Hills (Amateur) and SIGA.”

Portner has experienced plenty of recent and historical success on the Mt. Vernon course. The last time Green Hills hosted the championship, he won. Mostly recently Portner won the Green Hills amateur in a playoff over Matthew Williams about a month ago.

The fairways are perfect. The course is in really, really good shape,” Portner said. “So you'll get what you deserve up there. You won't get any bad breaks.

It is playing more difficult. There's no doubt about that. The greens are quicker, and they've been firming them up a little bit for these tournaments”

Portner traveled north to Rockford earlier this week and competed in the state amateur. He missed the cut after two rounds and finished tied for 79th out of 125 competitors. He shot a 158 overall after a first round score of 77 followed by an 81 in the second round.

I didn't play well,” Portner said. “The heat wasn't an excuse, I just did not play well this week. I've been playing real well leading up to it so my expectations were pretty high and just didn't get it done. (It's) a funny game. You just don't know what you're going to get one day to the next. Unfortunately this week, it wasn't my best.”

Text Only
Sports
  • Cardinals beat Reds on bases-loaded HBP

    Jon Jay was hit by a pitch from J.J. Hoover with the base-loaded in the ninth inning, lifting the St.Louis Cardinals to a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

    August 19, 2014

  • Benton edges Rams

    The Rams golf team took to the course for its second golf match in as many days Tuesday afternoon.

    Benton edged the Rams by a stroke at Green Hills Golf Course – 173 to 174.

    August 19, 2014

  • Cardinals beat Reds in 10 innings

    Jhonny Peralta's 10th-inning single, his third hit of the game, drove in the winning run to give the St.Louis Cardinals a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

    August 18, 2014

  • South 7 Preview Rams place third at Preview

    Golfers around the state have been practicing for less than a week. Monday, five South Seven teams competed in the conference preview match at Green Hills Golf Course.

    August 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lynn, Cardinals beat Padres for 3rd straight win

    Lance Lynn pitched six strong innings and the StLouis Cardinals defeated the San Diego Padres 4-2 Friday night for their third straight win.

    August 15, 2014

  • Hines Sight: Rams have reason for optimism

    The other day I picked up a piece of paper and scanned it up and down.

    The piece of paper was Mt. Vernon's football playoff roster from the last season.

    August 12, 2014

  • MTV first practice Rams return

    Gray and orange clad Rams football players sprinted around the team's practice field Monday afternoon.

    It's something that's been happening intermittently for several weeks throughout the summer.

    August 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hines Sight: Seahawks won't repeat

    I'm going to leap out on a limb and say the Seattle Seahawks won't win a second consecutive Super Bowl title this season.

    August 8, 2014

  • Cardinals use Wainwright to beat Red Sox 5-2

    Adam Wainwright recovered from a shaky start to earn his 14th win, tying for the major league lead, and rookie Kolten Wong homered twice to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.

    August 7, 2014

  • Trapshooters claim national title

    Coach Dave Schaefer calls it the Super Bowl of trapshooting.

    Around 1,600 participants gathered in Sparta for the AIM Grand Championships earlier this week. Waltonville Trapshooting was among the teams competing, and claimed the Junior Class D National team title. The event involves teams from a variety of states and provided the year-old trapshooting program with a memorable moment.

    August 7, 2014

Tom Lindley Sports