PROfile: John Kawasoe, PGA

Facility: Astoria G&CC

Hometown: Gearhart, Oregon

PGA Member Since: 1998

Hudson Cup teams: 1991, 1998, 1999

Hudson Cup awards won: 24th Larry Lamberger Award (1998)

Favorite Hudson Cup moment, past or present?

From all four matches I’ve been part of there is one common theme: camaraderie.  Each of the four matches I’ve made friends with players that have lasted a lifetime.  With golf being an individual sport, I think it’s great for the players and captains to come together to support each other through victory and defeat.  The Hudson Cup matches are the greatest experience a PNW golfer can have.

PROfile: Mark Keating, PGA

Facility: OGA Golf Course

Hometown: Moscow, Idaho… home of the Moscow Bears and the Idaho Vandals.

PGA member since: 1987

Hudson Cup teams: 1991, 1996

Senior Hudson Cup teams: 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Hudson Cup awards won: 21st Bob McKendrick Award (2012)

Favorite Hudson Cup memory from the past?

My favorite Hudson Cup memory is from 1991 when I got to play alongside longtime friend Doug Hixson and against longtime friend John Kawasoe. John had a tough run in the foursomes and fourball as I drew very strong partners in Chris Mitchell and Doug Campbell.  I was using the Wilson Whale driver at the time and it was working nicely that day.  As we neared closing out John and his partner in the fourball, I filled my mouth with water prior to teeing off and when the shot was on it’s way, I spewed the water into the air exclaiming, “The Whale has spouted!”  We all laughed.