Pros prevail at Hudson Cup and Senior Hudson Cup

The 73rd edition of the Hudson Cup concluded today at Oswego Lake Country Club in Lake Oswego, Ore. The matches ended with the Professionals defeating the Amateurs, with a two-day total of 10.5 to 9.5 points.

In the 30th edition of the Senior Hudson Cup, the Professionals won with a two-day point total of 11 to 9.

The Charles Congdon Award went to Nathan Cogswell (voted on by the professional team) and the Larry Lamberger Award was presented to Austin Hurt (voted on by the amateur team). In the Senior event, the Bill Eggers Award was presented to Mike Swingle (voted on by the senior professional team) while Mark Knowles was bestowed the Bob McKendrick Award (voted on by the senior amateur team).

Hudson Cup award winners are (left to right) Nathan Cogswell Austin Hurt Mark Knowles and Mike Swingle

Hurt, Knowles and Swingle were the only three players who were undefeated in all of their matches this year.

Played in a format similar to the Ryder Cup, the Hudson Cup pits 10 of the best amateur players from Washington and Oregon against the top 10 Pacific Northwest Section PGA professionals. The Senior Hudson Cup, matches the top 10 Pacific Northwest Section PGA senior members against the top 10 senior amateurs from Washington and Oregon.

The Oregon Golf Association (OGA) and Washington Golf (WA Golf) work together to select a total of 10 amateurs and 10 senior amateurs to compete against the professionals. Of the 10 players in each category, five represented the OGA and five represented WA Golf. Amateur team members were selected based on season-long performance points earned through each respective Association.

The Pacific Northwest Section PGA also selects their professional team members based on performance points earned throughout the season.

Senior Hudson Cup award winners are (left to right) Jay Poletiek, Bryan Tunstill, Brent Murray and Denny Taylor

Each player competed in three matches – a foursome match, a four-ball match and a singles match. Upon completion of the matches, awards were presented to the outstanding player on each team as decided by votes of the opposite team. The awards honor Chuck Congdon, Larry Lamberger, Bob McKendrick and Bill Eggers, four great players with outstanding Hudson Cup records and a strong tie to the event’s rich history.

Professional team captains are appointed by the president of the Pacific Northwest Section PGA, and amateur team captains are appointed by the OGA and WA Golf.

This year, the Amateurs in the Hudson Cup were captained by Jay Poletiek of Oregon; and the PGA Professionals were captained by Bryan Tunstill, PGA from Columbia Edgewater Country Club. In the Senior Hudson Cup, the senior Amateurs were captained by Denny Taylor of Oregon; while the senior PGA Professionals were captained by Brent Murray, PGA from Oswego Lake Country Club.

History of the Hudson Cup

In 1949, two PGA Professionals from Oregon, Larry Lamberger and Al Zimmerman, thought the Pacific Northwest Section PGA should pay tribute to Robert A. Hudson, Sr., a successful businessman from Portland. Hudson is renowned in the golf world as the savior of the Ryder Cup matches after resurrecting it just two years removed from World War II. Because of Hudson’s generosity, the Ryder Cup was restored in 1947 at Portland Golf Club after Hudson came forward and covered most of the expenses of conducting the competition, including the cost of transporting the British team to the United States.

The first Hudson Cup matches were held at Portland Golf Club in 1949. The format was patterned after the Ryder Cup, with 36-hole foursome matches the first day and 36-hole singles the second day. The professionals, led by Bud Ward, Stan Leonard and Chuc

k Congdon, posted a 12.5 to 2.5 victory. When Hudson learned of the matches, he immediately insisted on footing the bill, and continued to do so through 1972. Today, the Pacific Northwest Section PGA is assisted by funds contributed by Washington Golf, the Oregon Golf Association and the Pacific Northwest Golf Association.

The format was changed in 1966 when the foursome matches were shortened to 18-holes and four-ball competition was added for the first afternoon. Second-day singles, at 18 holes, complete the event, with a total of 20 points available. In 1992, the Senior Hudson Cup matches were added.