LEWISTON, N.Y.- Justin Shin nearly missed his tee time. It's a good thing he didn't.
Despite early morning winds and a 50-minute wait at the U.S.-Canada border, Shin shot six under par to take the lead at the 55th Porter Cup.
The Hamilton, Ontario native said he got to Niagara Falls Country Club with just enough time to hit a couple practice balls and putts before teeing off. He may have a new strategy after carding six birdies on the back nine.
Right behind Shin are Tyler Dunlap and Beau Hossler, both tied at five under par. Hossler is best known for having the outright lead midway through the second round of the 2012 U.S. Open. It was an impressive storyline considering his amateur status.
Phil Mickelson's brother, Tim, is six over par after the first round. Phil won the Porter Cup in 1990. Meanwhile, his younger, right-handed brother is competing in his ninth Porter Cup event just days after Lefty won the 2013 British Open.
Buffalo's Michael Carrig (+2) has the best score of the Western New York natives in the tournament. Lancaster's Austin Nowak and East Amherst's Daniel Yustin are +3. Lewiston's Michael Boss and East Amherst's Patrick Sheedy Jr. are +6. Orchard Park's Jonathan Clark is +8. East Amherst's Raman Luthra is +10 and Buffalo's P.J. Alterio is +11.