Award Winners: John Cassidy, Arthur Kim, Steve Bowen and Erik Hanson

The 69th edition of the Hudson Cup Matches concluded today at Columbia Edgewater CC in Portland, OR.  The professional team beat the amateur team with a two day point total of 12 1/2 points to 7 1/2 points in the 69th Hudson Cup Matches.  In the 26th edition of the Senior Hudson Cup, the amateurs beat the professional with a two day point total of 11 to 9.

The Charles Congdon Award went to Arthur Kim (voted on by the professional team) and the Larry Lamberger Award was presented to John Cassidy (voted on by the amateur team).  In the Senior Matches, The Bill Eggers Award was presented to Erik Hanson (voted on by the senior professional team) while Steve Bowen was bestowed the Bob McKendrick Award (voted on by the senior amateur team).

CLICK HERE to view results of the 69th Hudson Cup Matches.

CLICK HERE to view results of the 26th Senior Hudson Cup Matches.

Hudson Cup team photo

Senior Hudson Cup team photo

History of the Hudson Cup

The Hudson Cup Matches were created in honor of Robert Hudson of Portland Golf Club in 1949. This event will pair the top 10 PNW PGA Members against the top 10 PNW amateurs for the 69th Hudson Cup Matches while the top 10 PNW PGA Senior Members will compete against the top 10 Senior PNW amateurs for the 26th Senior Hudson Cup Matches at Columbia Edgewater CC on October 18-20.

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.