About the Lake Porter
The Lake-Porter has been one of the best golf tournaments in N.W. Indiana since 1931, when it was founded by The Post-Tribune.
Every year, The Post-Tribune still hosts the NWI Golf Classic in June and the Lake--Porter Junior Championship in July. Golfers in "The Region" always look forward to signing up for these events.
To support tournament golf in the Region, however, the ardent golfers in N.W. Indiana have taken it upon themselves to keep the Lake-Porter tournament tradition alive.
In 2008, the qualifier was hosted by Scherwood Golf Course in Schererville, Indiana, and the final round was hosted by Lost Marsh Golf in Hammond. The 2008 L-P championship flight winner was Terry Werner (Dyer, IN), who carded a 2-under 69 qualifying round at Scherwood, and then posted a 2-over round of 74 at Lost Marsh.
In 2009, the qualifier and final round were hosted by Palmira Golf Course in St. John, Indiana. 90 golfers participated. The 2009 L-P championship flight winner was Dave Vlasic (Valparaiso, IN), who coasted with a 4-over qualifying round of 76 on the first day, and then posted a 1-over round of 73 in the high winds at Palmira to capture the 18-hole final day championship.
The 2010 L-P was perhaps the most competitive tournaments
of all time, with many golfers going into "Bone's Back nine" with a
chance to win. (For those who don't know, Bones is the name given to the most
amazing prehistoric bird who hangs around the ponds on the back nine). At least
four competitors lost the championship over the last five holes, and both the
Championship and Super Senior divisions had multiple hole playoffs decide the
tourney. After both posting 149's, Andrew Godfrey (Homewood, IL) defeated Terry Werner in a
7-hole playoff, and Super Senior Tom Czechanski defeated Chet Patterson in a
dramatic nerve-bending multiple hole playoff. Both finished with identical 153
totals before deciding the outcome in the playoff marathon. Finally, Frank
"Katman" Katsinis (Munster, IN) birdied the 18th hole in the clutch to win the
Senior division by one shot over Bobby Shane (Cedar Lake, IN) and Greg Wolff (Crown Point, IN). Katman finished
the 2-day event with a 148 total, closing with 71.
In 2011 and 2012, the number of participants has continued to grow, with a modern day record 107 participants in 2012. Illinois amateur Glenn Pryzbylski won nin 2011, shooting 71-73 to win by 4 shots. Collegiate golfer Nick Grubnich (Crown Point, IN) , who plays at Indiana University and later won the Indiana Amateur in 2014, became the Lake Porter's youngest champion, firing -1 for 36 holes. In 2013 and 2014, Taylor Noel became the first back-to-back winner of the Lake Porter since the tournament has been hosted by Palmira Golf Course.
In 2015 and 2016 respectively, Jason Buffone and Andy Roderique traveled from Illinois to pull off the Illinois-golfers--own-NWI Indiana two-peat. Let's see if someone from the Region can turn that around ....