2015 Crump Cup gets underway Thursday at Pine Valley
17th hole at Pine Valley
17th hole at Pine Valley
PINE VALLEY, N.J. — The most prestigious independent match play event in the United States begins Thursday as players gather at Pine Valley Golf Club in New Jersey for the Crump Cup.

Michael Muehr is the defending champion of the championship flight, defeating Michael Castleforte in last year's final match. The win was Muehr's second Crump Cup title as the Potomac Falls, Va. resident was victorious in 2008, as well.

Chip Lutz of Reading, Pa. is the defending Senior champion, having won in 2014 facing Buddy Marucci in the championship match. Both players were forced to beat defending champions in the semifinals as Lutz defeated 2011 Senior winner George Zahringer while Marucci knocked of 2009 Senior champ Pat Tallent, who had just recently won the U.S. Senior Amateur.


The George Arthur Crump Cup -- named for the hotelier and course architect most famous for building Pine Valley -- is arguably the premier mid- amateur event in the United States. The invitational field is made of of top players from around the United States and the UK. The format for the four days is two rounds of stroke play qualifying, followed by four rounds of match play. Players are flighted according to their qualifying position, and a separate Senior flight includes two of those flights. Jay Sigel has won the event the most times, with nine victories between 1975 and 1993.

Sunday at The Crump Cup is unique; the public is invited to spectate the final matches - a shuttle from a nearby parking area is provided. Info follows: Pine Valley Golf Club will host the 91st George Arthur Crump Memorial Tournament Thursday, September 17th through Sunday the 20th. The public is invited to view the final match on Sunday, September 20th. The gates will open at approximately 1:00 pm.

Parking and transportation arrangements are being handled by the Clementon Youth Athletic Association. Parking will be at the Clementon Elementary School located a 4 Audubon Ave. Clementon, NJ. Signs will be posted to direct you to the designated parking area. Please remember, Clementon Police will not allow any parking along East Atlantic Avenue between Clementon Road and the Club.

There will be a fee of $25.00 per car which will include parking and a shuttle bus that will operate between the school and Pine Valley all afternoon.

The Clementon Youth Athletic Association will also have a refreshment stand set up inside the front gate. All proceeds from the parking and refreshment stands benefit the Clementon Youth Athletic Association.

Cameras, video, photographs and cell phones will not be permitted. In case of inclement weather, please call (856) 783-3000 and select option 4.

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