Crump Cup Week: Top mid-ams, seniors return to Pine Valley
11 Sep 2018
by AmateurGolf.com Staff

see also: The Crump Cup, Pine Valley Golf Club

PINE VALLEY, N.J. (September 10, 2018) - The 94th edition of the George A. Crump Memorial Tournament, better known as the Crump Cup, is set to tee off this Thursday at Pine Valley Golf Club.

The tournament has long been considered the premier mid-amateur and senior golf event on the amateur golf calendar, and some consider it to be the best experience in amateur golf. To find out why, follow the link below.

Related: Is the Crump Cup the Best Tournament in Amateur Golf?


36 holes of stroke play qualifying determine match play brackets of 16 for the mid-amateurs, and 8 for the seniors. Only those in the Championship bracket are eligible for the overall title.


Thu Sep 13
Round 1 of stroke play qualifying

Fri Sep 14
Round 2 of stroke play qualifying
Field flighted according to 36-hole score, with the low 16 in the Championship Flight and low 8 in the Senior Championship
Playoff if necessary for the final spot(s) in the Championship bracket

Sat Sep 15
Match Play Round of 16 (A.M.)
Match Play Quarterfinals (P.M.)

Sun Sep 16
Match Play Semifinals (A.M.)
Match Play Final (P.M.)*

*Crump Cup Sunday is the one day of the year that the public is invited to Pine Valley, to walk the course and watch the final matches.


Jay Sigel has won the most Crump Cup titles, winning nine times between 1975 and 1993. Longtime Pine Valley Golf Club President O. Gordon Brewer, Jr. won the tournament five times from 1973 to 1989. More recently, Mike McCoy won four times in a seven-year span from 2004 to 2010.

Past champions include giants of the amateur game, going all the way back to Francis Ouimet and Chick Evans, who each won the event in its first five years of existence.

Last Year

2017 champ Michael McDermott
2017 champ Michael McDermott
Michael McDermott (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) became a two-time champion, beating Bill Williamson (Cincinnati, Ohio) in a down-to-the-wire final.

Williamson was 1 up in the 17th fairway, but McDermott pulled off the shot of the tournament -- and maybe his life -- by holing a 125-yard wedge shot to square the match. He would go on to win the 18th and the championship.

McDermott won his first Crump Cup in 2012.

Related: Michael McDermott Wins the 2017 Crump Cup

In the Senior Division, John McClure (Austin, Tex.) outlasted Randy Haag (Orinda, Calif.) in a tense final that went to the 19th hole.

Weather Warning

Like most of the East Coast, those at Pine Valley will hope to dodge the affects of Hurricane Florence, which at the time of this writing is on track to make landfall somewhere in the Carolinas late in the day on Thursday, which is during round one of the tournament.

AmateurGolf.com will have daily coverage of the 94th Crump Cup, beginning Thursday, September 13.


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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