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Pumpkin Ridge Set to Host 65th Hudson Cup and 22nd Senior Hudson Cup Matches
The 65th Hudson Cup will pair the top 10 Pacific Northwest Section PGA members against the top 10 amateurs from Washington and Oregon, while the 22nd Senior Hudson Cup pits the top 10 Pacific Northwest Section PGA senior members against the top 10 Pacific Northwest senior amateurs. The Ryder Cup-style matches will be held on the Witch Hollow course at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore., October 24-25.
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.
Each player will play three matches, including a Foursome match, a Four-Ball Match, and a Singles match. At the completion of the matches, awards are presented to the outstanding player on each team as decided by votes of the team members. The awards honor Chuck Congdon, Larry Lamberger, Bob McKendrick, and Bill Eggers, four great players with outstanding Hudson Cup records.
In 1949, two PGA professionals from Oregon, 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 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 Ryder Cup tab, 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 Chuck Congdon, posted a 12½ to 2½ 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.
For more information on the history of the Hudson Cup, including past results, go to http://www.pnwpga.com/hudson_cup.htm.
65th Hudson Cup Matches
Captain - Pat Fitzsimons
Captain - Denny Taylor
22nd Senior Hudson Cup Matches
Senior PGA Professionals
Captain - Jerry Mowlds
Captain - Gay Davis