Crump Cup: Two Past Champions Among Final Four
23 Sep 2017
by AmateurGolf.com Staff

see also: The Crump Cup, Pine Valley Golf Club

PINE VALLEY, NJ (September 23, 2017) - Two-time Crump Cup champion Michael Muehr (Potomac Falls, VA) will take on Bill Williamson (Cincinnati, OH) in Sunday morning’s semifinal round of the 93rd George Arthur Crump Memorial Tournament at Pine Valley Golf Club. 2012 champion Michael McDermott (Bryn Mawr, PA) will face Jamie Miller (Silver Creek, NY) in the other semifinal.

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Michael Muehr
Michael Muehr (USGA photo)
Muehr, who won in 2008 and 2014, beat the 2011 champion Stephen Summers (Dallas, TX) in the morning 3&2, and then knocked off Ryan Abbate (Weston, FL) in the afternoon 2&1.

Williamson had the low round on day one of stroke play qualifying, then struggled in round two to fall to the bottom of the championship bracket. But he mowed through two strong match play opponents on Saturday, beating Walker Cupper and U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Stewart Hagestad (Newport Beach, CA) 4&2, and then taking out defending champion Jeff Knox (Atlanta, GA) 6&4.

McDermott eliminated a couple of Southerners on Saturday, first beating Danny Simmerman (San Antonio, TX) in the morning and then knocking out Derek Busby (Ruston, LA) in the afternoon.

Miller had to play extra holes in both of his matches, winning on the 19th against Michael Brown (Maple Shade, NJ) and on the 22nd against Jeronimo Esteve (Windermere, FL).

Esteve played a great morning match against the medalist and 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Scott Harvey (Kernersville, NC), winning convincingly 4&3.

Semifinal Matches

#8 Jamie Miller (Silver Creek, NY) v. #12 Michael McDermott (Bryn Mawr, PA)
#3 Michael Muehr (Potomac Falls, VA) v. #15 Bill Williamson (Cincinnati, OH)

John McClure
John McClure (USGA photo)
In the Senior Division, medalist John McClure (Austin, TX) will face Bob Kain (Cleveland, OH) in Sunday morning’s semifinal match. Gene Elliott (W. Des Moines, IA) will play Randy Haag (Orinda, CA) in a semifinal matchup of former Crump Cup champions trying to add the Senior title. Haag won the Crump Cup in 2000 and 2002, and Elliott won in 2013.

McClure defeated Steve Smyers (Lakeland, FL) 4&3, while Kain beat 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Dave Ryan (Taylorville, IL) 3&1.

Elliott took a 4&3 win over Chris Lange (Bryn Mawr, PA), while Haag eliminated Matthew Sughrue (Arlington, VA) 2&1.

Senior Semifinal Matches

#1 John McClure (Austin, TX) v. #5 Bob Kain (Cleveland, OH)
#3 Randy Haag (Orinda, CA) v. #7 Gene Elliott (W. Des Moines, IA)

The semifinal matches will be played Sunday morning, with the championship matches in the afternoon.

Pine Valley Gates Will Open to the Public

The public is invited to view the championship matches. The gates will open at approximately 12:45 pm. Parking and shuttle service will be available at the Clementon Lake Amusement Park (144 Berlin Road, Clementon, NJ 08021). Signs will be posted to direct you to the designated parking area.

There will be a fee of $25.00 per car which includes parking and the shuttle bus that will operate between the park and Pine Valley. There will also be a refreshment stand set up inside the front gate of the Club. All proceeds from the parking and refreshments will benefit the Clementon Youth Athletic Association.

Cameras, video, photographs and cell phones will not be permitted.


Saturday Match Play Notes: 54-year-old Robert Funk (Canyon Lake, CA) was eliminated in the morning by Derek Busby. Funk was the low amateur in the U.S. Senior Open earlier this summer.

Two-time champion Carlton Forrester (Atlanta, GA) lost to Ryan Abbate on Saturday morning 3&1. Forrester won the Crump Cup in 2006 and 2015.

The 2nd flight semifinalists are Matt Parziale (Brockton, MA), Dan Horner (Sandy, UT), Todd Mitchell (Bloomington, IL) and Michael Christensen (Minneapolis, MN).

The 3nd flight semifinalists are Thomas Gramigna (Haddonfield, NJ), William Smith (Newville, PA), Jeff Osberg (Bryn Mawr, PA) and Rob Couture (Dallas, TX).

The senior 2nd flight semifinalists are Jeff Burda (Modesto, CA), Stuart Smith (Nashville, TN), Glenn Smeraglio (Newtown, PA) and George "Buddy" Marucci (Palm Beach, FL).


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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