WSGA Selects Players to Compete In Hudson Cup and Senior Hudson Cup Matches

2012 Hudson Cup Team
Last year's winning, and grinning, amateurs are (starting in lower left and going clockwise) Erik Hanson, Sean Packer, Paul Peterson, Tyler Simpson, Stephen Lee, Jack Dukeminier, Kevin PomArleau, Tim O'Neal, Michael Haack, Bill Winter and Captain Randy Mahar.

Federal Way, Wash. The Washington State Golf Association (WSGA) has selected five amateurs and five senior amateurs to represent the WSGA in the 64th Hudson Cup and 21st Senior Hudson Cup Matches, to be held at Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore, Wash. from October 25-26.

It had been 33 years – before many of this year’s amateur competitors were even born – since the WSGA and OGA amateurs defeated the PGA Professionals in the annual Hudson Cup Matches. But last October at Oswego Lake Country Club, the amateurs finally pulled out a victory, 10 ½ to 9 ½, in the two-day Ryder Cup-style match-play event.

In cooperation with the Oregon Golf Association (OGA), the WSGA and OGA selected a total of 10 amateurs and 10 senior amateurs to compete against the professionals. Of the 10 players in each category, five represent the OGA and five represent the WSGA. Amateur team members are selected based on performance points earned through each respective amateur golf association. The Pacific Northwest Section PGA also selects their professional team members based on performance points earned throughout the season.

Amateurs selected to represent the WSGA are Michael Haack of Bellevue, Dylan Maine of Spokane, Sean Packer of Lake Tapps, Steve Rude of Graham and Nick Varelia of Kent. The captain of the amateur team is Scott Alexander.

Senior amateurs representing the WSGA are Tom Brandes of Bellevue, Kent Brown of Colville, Keith Crimp of Ellensburg , Tom Phillips of Seattle and Doug Potter of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The captain of the senior amateur team is Jerry Fehr.

Last year at Oswego Lake Country Club in Lake Oswego, Ore., the amateur team beat the professionals 10 ½ to 9 ½ to claim the 63rd Hudson Cup, their first victory since 1978. The professionals mounted a charge in singles play after falling behind 6 ½ to 3 ½ on the first day of foursome and four-ball play, earning wins in five of the first seven matches to take a 9 to 8 lead with three matches left on the course. The amateurs responded with key victories by Bill Winter (3&1) and Erik Hanson (1up) to regain the lead. A half point from Sean Packer in the final match sealed the amateur triumph. The Larry Lamberger Award was awarded to Corey Prugh, while the Chuck Congdon Award went to Bill Winter.

64th Hudson Cup – Amateur Team

Mike Haack

Accomplishments:

  • 2012 Washington State Men’s Amateur Championship Top-5
  • 2012 USGA Amateur Sectional Qualifier, Qualifying Medalist
  • 2012 USGA State Team Championship, Top-15

 

Nick Varelia

Accomplishments:

  • 2012 Washington State Men’s Amateur Championship, Runner-Up

 

Steve Rude

Accomplishments:

  • 2012 Washington State Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, Runner-up
  • 2012 Pacific Northwest Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, Top-10
  • 2012 Oregon Amateur Public Links Championship, Runner-up
  • 2012 Homestead Open, Champion

 

Dylan Maine

Accomplishments:

  • 2012 Washington State Men’s Amateur Championship, Top-10
  • 2012 Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship, Top-20

 

Sean Packer

Accomplishments:

  • 2012 Washington State Men’s Champion of Champions Champion
  • 2012 Washington State Men’s Amateur Championship, Top-15
  • 2012 USGA Amateur Public Links Championship, Qualified
  • 2012 Pacific Northwest Amateur Public Links Championship, Top-5
  • 2012 Bellevue Classic, Runner-up

 

21st Senior Hudson Cup – Senior Amateur Team

Tom Brandes

Accomplishments:

  • 2012 Washington State Senior Men’s Amateur Championship, Champion
  • 2012 Washington State Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, Champion
  • 2012 Pacific Northwest Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, Champion
  • 2012 Pacific Northwest Senior Men’s Amateur Championship, Champion

 

Doug Potter

Accomplishments:

  • 2012 Golfweek Senior Amateur Championship, Runner-up
  • 2012 Senior Masters, Top-15
  • 2012 USGA Senior Amateur Championship, Round of 64

 

Keith Crimp

Accomplishments:

  • 2012 Pacific Northwest Senior Amateur Championship, Top-5
  • 2012 Pacific Northwest Master-40 Amateur Championship, Quarterfinalist
  • 2012 Washington State Senior Amateur Championship, Top-5
  • 2012 Senior Washington Open, Top-10

 

Tom Phillips

Accomplishments:

  • 2012 USGA Senior Open Qualifier, Qualifying Medalist
  • 2012 Pacific Northwest Senior Amateur Championship, Top-10
  • 2012 Trans-Mississippi Senior Amateur Championship, Top-5
  • 2012 Golfweek Senior Amateur Championship, Top-15

 

Kent Brown

Accomplishments:

  • 2012 Senior Masters, Top-15
  • 2012 Washington State Senior Amateur Championship, Top-10
  • 2012 Washington State Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, Top-5
  • 2012 Pacific Northwest Senior Amateur Championship, Runner-up

 

In the 20th 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 professionals took a two point lead into the singles matches and held off the late push by the amateurs. Jeff Fought’s 3 & 1 victory over Pat O’Donnell clinched the win for the professionals. Steve Prugh won the Bob McKendrick Award, while the Bill Eggers Award was presented to Kent Brown.

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 who is renowned in the golf world as the savior of the Ryder Cup Matches for resurrecting the competition just two years after 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 Ryder Cup tab, including the cost of the British team to come 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 Chuck Congdon, posted a 12 ½ to 2 ½ 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 the Washington State Golf Association, 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. It features the leading senior amateur players against the senior PGA Professionals.

Professional team captains are appointed by the President of the Pacific Northwest Section PGA, and amateur team captains are appointed by the OGA and WSGA.

For more information on the history of the Hudson Cup Matches, including past results, please visit http://www.pnwpga.com/hudson_cup.htm

For a list of accomplishments of the WSGA’s selections, visit www.thewsga.org. Here is a complete playing roster of the upcoming Hudson Cup Matches:

 

64th HUDSON CUP MATCHES

Ryan Benzel

Daniel Cheremnov

Darren Black

Sean Collopy

Jeff Coston

Ian Dahl

Scott Erdmann

Michael Haack

Tim Feenstra

Michael Johansen

Chris Griffin

Dylan Maine

Casey McCoy

Steve Rude

Jason Pitt

Jake Wagner

Corey Prugh

Bill Winter

Brian Thornton

Nick Varelia

Captain – Keith Coleman

Captain – Scott Alexander

 

21st SENIOR HUDSON CUP MATCHES

Joe Carranza

Tom Brandes

Tom Carey

Kent Brown

Jeff Fought

Keith Crimp

Mark Gardner

Scott Hval

Rob Gibbons

David Jacobsen

Mark Keating

Mike Kloenne

Scott Krieger

Pat O’Donnell

Jeff Marsh

Byron Patton

Tom Sovay

Tom Phillips

Bruce Stewart

Doug Potter

Captain – JD Cline

Captain – Jerry Fehr

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