Michael Muehr wins his second Crump Cup
Michael Muehr
Michael Muehr

PINE VALLEY, N.J. (Sept. 28, 2014) — Michael Muehr of Potomac Falls, Va. captured the 2014 Crump Cup title at Pine Valley Golf Club with a 2-and-1 victory over Michael Castleforte of Chicago in Sunday's final.

Muehr is a reinstated amateur who played the PGA Tour full time from 2001-2003 (he recorded two top tens in 2001 and made over $400k). This is his second Crump Cup title. He also won the event in 2008, when he defeated Jeff Belk 3-and-2 in the final.

In the semifinals, Muehr faced 2014 Canadian Mid- Amateur runner-up Rob Couture of Dallas, and knocked him off by a slim 1-up margin. Castleforte's route to the final went through Edward Richardson of England, whom Castleforte beat 3-and-2.

In the Senior division, it was a battle of Pennsylvanians as Chip Lutz of Reading defeated Buddy Marucci, Jr. of Villanova, 3-and-2. Maruccci easily bested 2014 U.S. Senior Amateur champion Pat Tallent 5-and-4 in the semifinals while Lutz advanced to the final with a 6-and-5 win over George Zahringer III.

Zahringer III was the Senior champion in 2011 while Tallent was the Senior winner in 2009.

Gene Elliott, the defending champion, qualified into the third flight where he lost in the first round to Patrick Duffy. Duffy ended the weekend on a happy note as he beat Kevin Marsh 3-and-2 in that flight's final.

Michael McDermott, who won the Crump Cup in 2012, was the champion in the second flight as he was victorious over Robert Gerwin by a margin of 2-and-1 on Sunday. 2013 winner Mike McCoy missed the event to attend his son's induction into the same high school hall of fame in which he was inducted years earlier.

Results: Crump Cup
WinVAMichael MuehrMcLean, VA400
Runner-upOHMichael CastleforteSpringboro, OH300
SemifinalsEnglandEdward RichardsonEngland200
SemifinalsTXRob CoutureDallas, TX200
QuarterfinalsGAKris MikkelsenAtlanta, GA100

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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.

Normally, the public is invited to attend the Sunday final matches but that tradition has been suspended in 2021 in light of the uncertainty surrounding the Covid- 19 pandemic.

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