Oct. 2, 2011
(PINE VALLEY, NJ) - Cal golf alumnus and Dallas native Stephen Summers (Cal '97) won the prestigious 2011 Crump Cup at Pine Valley that concluded Sunday.
The Crump Cup is an elite, mid-amateur invitational event. The first tournament was held in 1922 and named after George Arthur Crump, founder of Pine Valley Golf Club. Since at least the 1970s the public can, on the day of the final round, tour the golf course and view tournament play. The final round has traditionally been held on the last Sunday in September each year and is the only day of the year the public has access to the golf course.
The Crump Cup includes 36 holes of stroke play qualifying to determine the top 16 for match play. Summers won his four matches over Patrick Brady (4&3), Andrew Biggadike (3&2), Michael McCoy (21 holes) and Kelly Miller (4&3).
He then defeated defending champion Mike McCoy of Iowa in what was the match of the tournament in the semifinals.
"The match with Mike was one of the coolest things I've ever been a part of," Summers said. "He holed out twice to halve holes, and hit one off a tree limb to save par. We went to the third hole of sudden death."
On that third hole of sudden death, the 21st hole of the match, Stephen closed it out with a birdie.
In the final match in front of a gallery of thousands, Stephen was down 2 after the first two holes. He then settled in for a stretch of consistently excellent play and was able to win the championship comfortably at 4&3.