Today under rainy conditions Stephen Summers defeated Kelly Miller 4 & 3 in the Finals of the 2011 Crump Cup at Pine Valley. On the Senior side hot George Zahringer defeated Walker Cup captain Jim Holtgrieve 5&4 to take the title.
In the morning semi finals it was Summers over the perennial winner Mike McCoy on the 21st hole which turned out to be the match of the event. While Kelly Miller defeated Brian Komline 3&2. On the Senior side Zahringer beat medalist Alan Fadel 6&5 while Holtgrieve beat Pat Tallent 1 up.
Despite the tremendous amount of rain at Pine Valley over the past 60 days, the course was beautiful due to the amazing job the staff did to ensure great conditions for this prestigious event.
Despite my poor play, I still leave Pine Valley with a smile on my face knowing I just participated in the very best amateur golf has to offer in the way of venue, food, service, accommodations, and primarily the guys you get to hang with for 4 days. Don’t ever pass up a chance to play this magical place, those that have understand why Pine Valley has been rated the worlds greatest course more than any other course in the history of golf.
Of course I caught the late flight home last night after my afternoon loss to compete in the 1st round match of the Olympic Club Championship. today’s results will follow on a separate post.
In closing on the 2011 Crump Cup, every year that goes by I realize how privileged I am to play in the events I am invited to, and the events I qualify for. This has been a year of golf I’ll never forget, and I am thankful and appreciative to all those that support amateur golf and the general good of the game. The pro game may dominate the press and ad dollars, but the camaraderie in amateur golf is why I again this year have chosen not to attempt to qualify for the Champions Tour. Those that say I am not good enough are probably correct, although my record in the British Senior Open gives me some hope, but that really doesn’t weigh into my decision, what does is missing the 2012 Coleman at Seminole and the 2012 Crump Cup at Pine Valley, and being exempt for the British Senior Open in 2012 at Turnberry, I value these experiences way more than taking the game I love as a hobby and turning it into a job, a grind, and ultimately a disappointment. The few amateurs that have been successful on the Champions Tour can be named on one hand, and most of them had been re-instated amateurs. More on this subject of Pro vs. amateur on a later post, but I’d love to hear your comments on this subject??