The Amateurs Take the Win for the First Time in Over 33 Years

The Amateurs Take the Win for the First Time in Over 33 Years

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The 63rd edition of the Hudson Cup Matches concluded Friday, October 21st at Oswego Lake CC in Lake Oswego, OR. The amateur team beat the professionals 10 ½ points to 9 ½ to claim their first victory since 1978. In the 20th edition of the Senior Hudson Cup, the professionals earned a narrow victory against the amateurs with a two day point total of 10 ½ to 9 ½. The Charles Congdon Award went to Bill Winter and the Larry Lamberger Award was presented to Corey Prugh. In the Senior Matches, The Bill Eggers Award was presented to Kent Brown while Steve Prugh was bestowed the Bob McKendrick Award.

The Hudson Cup Matches were created in honor of Robert Hudson of Portland Golf Club in 1949. 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.

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