The Hudson Cup Matches were created in honor of Robert Hudson of Portland Golf Club in 1949. This event paired the top 10 PNW PGA Members against the top 10 PNW amateurs for the 64th Hudson Cup Matches while the top 10 PNW PGA Senior Members will compete against the top 10 Senior PNW amateurs for the 21st Senior Hudson Cup Matches at Inglewood GC on October 25-26.
Robert A. Hudson was a very successful Portland businessman whose firm, Hudson House, was one of the nation’s leading wholesale grocers. Hudson played golf at Portland Golf Club and was devoted to the game. During World War II, the PGA of America was trying to keep its Tour alive and was in dire need of sponsors. Hudson stepped up to the plate with the urging of Larry Lamberger, Portland Golf Club head professional, and offered to underwrite a 72-hole open tournament with a purse of $10,000. Thus the 1944 Portland Open was born, and Sam Snead won it. Hudson stayed with the program and went on to sponsor the 1945 Portland Open (in which Ben Hogan set the 72-par 72-hole scoring record of 27-under-par 261) and the 1946 PGA Championship, won by Hogan. Hudson went on to sponsor Portland Opens in 1948 and 1949 and the Western Open in 1955, all at Portland Golf Club, and he became the first chairman of the PGA Advisory Committee.
Each player played three matches, a Foursome match, Four-Ball Match, and a Singles Match. At the completion of the matches, awards were presented to the outstanding player on each team as decided by votes of the team members. They honor Chuck Congdon, Larry Lamberger, Bob McKendrick and Bill Eggers, four great players with outstanding Hudson Cup records. The 48th Chuck Congdon Award went to Dylan Maine; the 38th Larry Lamberger Award was presented to Tim feenstra. In the Senior Matches, the21st Bill Eggers Award was won by Mike Kloenne and Mark Keating was bestowed the 21st Bob McKendrick Award.
The 64th Hudson Cup Matches had arguably the strongest professional and amateur golfers that have ever participated. After the professionals lost their first matches last year since 1979, the professionals knew that they would have to play hard to win again. The professionals did just that, winning decisively with 13 ½ points to 6 ½ points.
In the 21st Senior Hudson Cup Matches, the professionals beat the amateurs once again for the two day competition. In the singles matches, with some really close and exciting matches down the stretch the professionals prevailed and won with a two day total of 11 points to 9 points.
CLICK HERE to view the 64th Hudson Cup Matches and 21st Senior Hudson Cup Matches final results