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2015 Crump Cup gets underway Thursday at Pine Valley
16 Sep 2015
by AmateurGolf.com Staff

see also: The Crump Cup, Pine Valley Golf Club

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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.

ABOUT THE Crump Cup

The George A. Crump Memorial Tournament-- 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 three 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.

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