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??

Stay Tuned


  1. Thank you for making that decision and loving amateurgolf. Im a 3 handicap qualify for my state mid amateur dream of playing in us mid and us senior someday. 45 so some time to go. I have to tell you this reinstated stuff is a joke ridiculous and an insult to the integrity of the game. When i think of what usga did to ward quimet giles list goes on I was so proud when tripp kuene spoke out on the subject. Im sorry holtgrieve great player probaly great human being He should not have been Wal;ker cup captain usga was wrong. I love your passion for the game please stay amateur . I dont care if guy was pro for 4 yrs weeks hrs its not right

  2. My son and I came out on Sunday to watch the finals of the Crump Cup.

    We’d had it on our bucket list for a number of years and were finally able to do it this year.

    The entire experience was ‘surreal’. From the bus ride in down the back road. The walk through the entrance, past the Town Hall and police station.

    Seeing the first view of the course was breath taking. It was one of the most beautiful sights my eyes have ever seen!

    I described the course as one huge bunker with some fairways and greens laid out in the bunkers.

    The devils a-hole on #10 was the most insane bunker I’ve ever seen. If I tried hitting 100 balls, I don’t think I’d ever get out.

    I doubt I’ll ever get the opportunity to play there, but just seeing the course was a memory I’ll cherish for the rest of my life!

  3. Randy,
    I just stumbled across your blog..outstanding job Sir…very well written as I would expect from a gentleman like you.
    I have just read alot of your old posts, always informative and insightful…keep up the good work…miss meeting up with you mate

  4. I had the pleasure of playing Pine Valley some 15 years ago when I had a handicap of about 25. At the time if you knew sombody in Democratic politics you could get on the course on a Monday I knew somebody, and sure enough on a late Spring morning my playing partners and I met with our caddies at the guard house and were ushered to the first tee. “Just do what I tell you sir and you just might get a par today”. I was in a trance at the shear beauty of the course. No houses, carts, people, just golf. I was rewarded on the last hole with my first and only par. My caddie said ” hit your approach eight feet to the right of the pin and you will be OK”. Lucky me I put the shot where directed and had just a tap-in. I won’t tell you my score that day, but then again it really dosen’t matter. It was that par that made the day.

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