I had the pleasure of playing in the qualifier with Gene Elliott, the bottom line with Gene is, he never gives in, never quits, and never stops grinding. After 14 holes on day one (Thursday) he was 7 over par, and had two 7 on his score card. He tripled bogeyed number 4 and bogeyed number 5 to go 7 over (holes 13 and 14 as we started on #10) for the day. Did he fold up the tent, which is easy to do, NO!!! he sucked it up and finished birdie, birdie, par, birdie for 74. Then started his round off #1 at Pine Valley on Friday, birdie, birdie, birdie and suddenly was only one over. He finished the round with a -3 67 tied for 1st and won the card off and was the number one seed. And now he’s in the semi-finals tomorrow vs. Michael Muehr (a past champion and ex-PGA tour card holder). I have had many matches against both of these players, and I can assure you the golf will be impressive as both of these players are playing amazing golf. In the other Semi-Final match Defending Champion McDermott will play Matthew Sughrue of Arlington, VA. This will also be a very competitive match, where fatigue will start to set in as these players potentially play 72 holes over 2 days, walking each and every hole on a tough and long course to walk. I won’t try to predict the winner, but who ever holds the George Arthur Crump trophy on Sunday evening will have deserved it, and will have accomplished something that many of the finest amateurs haven’t done.

This is the 100th anniversary of Pine Valley, and again I will tell you all, THIS IS THE BEST COURSE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!!!! And second is a ways behind. I’ve already written all the reasons why, but even after my complete ass kicking Friday and today, I still love the place, even after seeing many of the places you don’t want to visit on this beautiful piece of property. The staff at Pine Valley is second to none, although I’d say that Bob Ford runs an amazing place at both Oakmont and Seminole. When you arrive at the sacred grounds of Pine Valley, you perhaps will not leave the property until your golf has concluded.

I thought it interesting that all three of us in my group during qualifying were using the new TaylorMade Slider driver, I conclude that you WILL hit it further using this driver!! And I think my other fellow competitors would agree. Thanks TM for all you do for us!!

Pictured here are from left to right, Randy Haag, Jeronimo Esteve, Gene Elliott displaying our TM SLIDER DRIVER




Pine Valley, NJ  September 28 – Qualifying medalists Gene Elliott of West Des Moines, IA and Michael McDermott of Bryn Mawr, PA each won two matches to advance to Sunday morning’s semi-final round of the 89th annual George Arthur Crump Memorial Tournament at the Pine Valley Golf Club.  Elliott will face 2008 Crump Champion Michael Muehr of Potomac Falls, VA.  Defending Champion McDermott will play Matthew Sughrue of Arlington, VA.

Sunday morning’s semi-final matches in the senior division will feature Martin R. West, III of Rockville, MD against Steve Smyers of Lakeland, FL.  Gayle Sanchez of Baton Rouge, LA will face Alan Fadel of Toledo, OH in the other semi-final match.

The public is invited to view the championship match Sunday afternoon.  Parking and shuttle service will be available at the Clementon Lake Amusement Park (144 Berlin Road, Clementon, NJ 08021)


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