NW professionals win annual Hudson Cup

Updated: October 28, 2022

The professionals started fast by winning the team matches then clinched the 74th edition of the Hudson Cup by winning the singles matches at Tacoma Country and Golf Club.

The professionals won 13 1/2 to 6 1/2, including a 6-4 victory in the singles matches. The Senior professionals had a closer time but still beat the Senior amateurs 10 1/2 to 9 1/2.

The Charles Congdon Award went to Paul Mitzel (voted on by the professional team) while the Larry Lamberger Award went to Ryan Benzel (voted on by the amateur team). In the Senior division, The Bill Eggers Award went to Greg Chianello (voted on by the professionals) while the Bob McKendrick Award went to Jeff Gove (voted on by the amateurs.

The Hudson Club was created in honor of Robert Hudson of Portland Golf Club, this event pairs the Section’s top professionals against the area’s top amateurs.

Robert A. Hudson was a very successful Portland businessman whose firm, Hudson House, was 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 was in dire need of sponsors. Hudson stepped up to the plate with the urging of Larry Lamberger, Portland Golf Club head professional, and offered to underwrite a 72-hole open tournament with a purse of $10,000. Thus the 1944 Portland Open was born, and Sam Snead won it. Hudson stayed with the program and went on to sponsor the 1945 Portland Open (in which Ben Hogan set the 72-par 72-hole scoring record of 27-under-par 261) and the 1946 PGA Championship, won by Hogan. Hudson went on to sponsor Portland Opens in 1948 and 1949 and the Western Open in 1955, all at Portland Golf Club, and he became the first chairman of the PGA Advisory Committee.