Crump Cup: Another September triumph for Hagestad as rain shortens event
23 Sep 2023
by Sean Melia of

see also: View results for Crump Cup, Pine Valley Golf Club, Stewart Hagestad Rankings

Stewart Hagestad (USGA)
Stewart Hagestad (USGA)

Stewart Hagestad capped off an incredible September with a rain-shortened victory in the Crump Cup. He beat Stephen Behr, last year's winner, in a one-hole playoff after both men shot 73 on Saturday in the one-round sprint to the Cup.

After two bluebird days at Pine Valley, the Crump Cup Tournament Committee decided to eliminate match play as Tropical Storm Ophelia headed towards southern New Jersey. This, unfortunately, marks the second straight year that rain impacted the event. Last year, they completed the tournament as planned on a rainy, stormy Sunday that saw players being pulled off the course in the final matches.

This year, just the 16 Championship Flight players and the eight Senior Flight players teed it up on Saturday for 18 holes of stroke play. The rounds from Thursday and Friday did not count towards the final score.

Hagestad and Behr both shot 73 in the tough, rainy conditions. Matthew McClean finished two shots back after shooting 75. McClean will point to a 40 on his front nine for why he couldn't reach the top of the leaderboard.

After a front nine 38, Hagestad settled down and made seven pars on the back nine. He birdied the par-5 15th and then dropped a shot on the par-4 16th en route to a 35.

Behr's day started with a bit more excitement; he got to 1-under par when he eagled the fourth hole. However, he made bogey on hole Nos. 6 and 9 for an opening 36. A 37 on the back, with bogeys on the 13 and 15, got him into the playoff with Hagestad.

George Crump decided to make the first hole challenging so that ties would be decided quickly. Last year, Hagestad lost to Jimmy Ellis in the semi-final in 19 holes. This time, Hagestad was triumphant on the first green and captured the Crump Cup.

In the Senior Flight, Matthew Sughrue set the tone early with a front nine 33. He made birdies on hole Nos. 1 and 7. He cruised home with eight pars on the back nine and shot an impressive 69. Bob Royak finished runner-up with a 74.

Results: Crump Cup
WinCAStewart HagestadNewport Beach, CA500
Runner-upGAStephen BehrAtlanta, GA400
3Northern IrelandMatthew McCleanNorthern Ireland300
T4VAEvan BeckVirginia Beach, VA300
T4MOBrad NurskiSt. Joseph, MO300

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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.

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