Amateurs Win Hudson Cup

Thanks to a three-point lead heading into Friday's singles matches, the Amateur team hung on to beat the Professional squad in the 63rd Hudson Cup. The annual two-day event was held at Oswego Lake Country Club in Lake Oswego, Ore.

The professionals won six of the 10 singles matches, but the four points earned by the amateurs were enough to give them the victory by a 10 to 9 point margin.

The win was the first for the amateurs since the 1978 matches at Manito G&CC in Spokane in 1978. The closest Hudson Cup since then was a tie in 2007 at Riverside G&CC in Portland.

Former Seattle Mariners pitcher Erik Hanson got the big victory for the amateurs in the penultimate match when he eked out a 1-up win over Tim Feenstra. The final match between pro Luke Bennett and amateur Sean Parker ended all-square, giving the amateurs a half-point for their final tally.

The 20th Senior Hudson Cup Matches were also close. Starting the singles matches with a two-point edge, the professionals held on to beat their amateur counterparts 10 to 9, despite the amateurs winning the singles, 5 to 4.

The Charles Congdon Award went to Bill Winter and the amateur Larry Lamberger Award was presented to pro Corey Prugh. In the Senior Matches, the Bill Eggers Award was presented to amateur Kent Brown while pro Steve Prugh received the Bob McKendrick Award.

The Hudson Cup is patterned after the Ryder Cup, with the four teams selected based on the players' competitive records throughout the 2011 season.

The competition is named after Robert A. Hudson, a successful Portland businessman whose firm, Hudson House, became 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 in dire need of event sponsors. Hudson stepped up to the plate at the urging of Larry Lamberger, Portland Golf Club head professional, and offered to underwrite a tournament with a purse of $10,000.

That's how the 1944 Portland Open, won by Sam Snead, was born. Hudson also sponsored the 1945 Portland Open (in which Ben Hogan set the 72-hole scoring record of 27-under 261) and the 1946 PGA Championship - now the PGA Tour's fourth major championship, also won by Hogan.

Hudson went on to sponsor Portland Opens in 1948 and 1949 and the 1955 Western Open, all at Portland Golf Club, and he became the first chairman of the PGA's Advisory Committee.

In 1947, Hudson played an instrumental role in re-starting the Ryder Cup - which, mainly because of World War II, had not been held since 1937 - by personally paying the way for the British team (which was expanded to include Ireland in 1973, and then all of Europe in 1979) to sail to New York and take a train across America to Portland Golf Club.

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