71st Hudson Cup and 28th Senior Hudson Cup Matches
By Molly Cooper, PGA - Director of Tournament and Member Programs
The 71st Hudson Cup and 28th Senior Hudson Cup Matches were an amazing week at Arrowhead GC in Molalla, OR. After the first day of the Hudson Cup Matches, the amateur team had a narrow lead with 5 ½ points to the professional team’s 4 ½ points. The Senior Hudson Cup matches went into the final round with the professionals leading 4 ½ to 5 ½ points. Going into the singles matches on Friday, the matches were still up for grabs.
As the Hudson Cup matches progressed in the single matches, many matches kept flipping back and forth between the professionals and the amateurs. When the end results were posted, the professionals and amateurs tied (with the professionals retaining the cup after winning the matches in 2017 and tying the matches last year).
“The 71st Hudson Cup Matches were very competitive... but in the end the Professionals had the moxie to pull out the final 3 matches to earn the tie and retain the cup,” said Professional Team Captain, John Kawasoe.
In the 28th Senior Hudson Cup Matches, the amateurs bested the professional team with a narrow win of 10 ½ to 9 ½ points after the last putt was holed.
“There was so much back and forth during the round. As it came down literally to the final two putts, I really got my money's worth,” said Senior Professional Team Captain, Mark Keating.
The illustrious event pitted 10 of the best amateur and senior amateur players from Washington and Oregon against the top 10 Pacific Northwest Section PGA professionals and senior professionals. Each player competed in three matches during the two-day Ryder Cup-style competition, including a foursome match, a four-ball match, and a singles match.
We had five players undefeated this year. Congratulations to PGA Professional Brian Thornton of Meridian Valley CC, PGA Professional Brent Murray of Oswego Lake CC, amateur Reid Hatley of Hayden Lake CC, amateur Robbie Ziegler of RedTail GC and amateur Tom Brandes of Glendale CC.
Congratulations also to the award winners this year for their spectacular play! The 55th Chuck Congdon Award went to Robbie Ziegler; the 45th Larry Lamberger Award was presented to Brian Thornton. In the Senior Matches, the 28th Bill Eggers Award was won by Tom Brandes and Brent Murray was bestowed the 28th Bob McKendrick Award. The awards are presented to the outstanding player on each team as decided by votes of the members of the opposite team. They honor Chuck Congdon, Larry Lamberger, Bob McKendrick and Bill Eggers, four great players with outstanding Hudson Cup records.
Thanks to the captains John Kawasoe, Mark Keating, Scott Hval and Gay Davis for their part in making this year such an exciting and historical event! The PNW PGA would also like to thank the entire staff at Arrowhead GC, headed by General Manager Bryce Fisher, Director of Golf Robert Fisher and Head PGA Professional Rob Gibbons, for rolling out the red carpet to our 40 Hudson Cup participants.