PORTLAND, ORE. – Forty-eight of the most talented junior golfers from the Western United States and Canada are gathering for the 49th playing of the Eddie Hogan Cup Team Matches, taking place August 12-13, 2017 at Riverside Golf & Country Club in Portland, Ore.
The Hogan Cup 36-hole team matches – held annually at Riverside G&CC - feature four-person teams of junior golfers from eight states and British Columbia, with a total of 12 teams competing. In the team format, the three lowest scores each day determine the team total. Medals are awarded to the top three teams and individuals.
In 2016, Team Oregon #1 won its first Hogan Cup since winning back in 2008. Individually, two of Team Oregon #1’s players – Samuel Pyon (Happy Valley, Ore.) and Craig Ronne (Klamath Falls, Ore.), shared medalist honors. It was the first time that an individual(s) from a team from Oregon earned medalist honors since Dustin Andres in 2003.
In the competition’s history, teams from Northern and Southern California have been dominant. They’ve won 28 of the 48 years of the Hogan Cup, the last coming in 2014 when the squad from Northern California won. The last time Southern California won was in 2010, when Beau Hossler won the individual title.
This year’s competition includes 10 returning players from last year’s competition, including three Oregon golfers. As the host association, Oregon annually has two teams participate in the Hogan Cup. The 2017 Oregon teams are:
TEAM OREGON #1
Craig Ronne (Klamath Falls, Ore.)*
Nate Stember (Portland, Ore.)
Austin Carnese (Portland, Ore.)
Scotty Kennon (Bandon, Ore.)
TEAM OREGON #2
Johnny Ward (Lake Oswego, Ore.)
Isaac Buerger (Redmond, Ore.)
Samuel Pyon (Happy Valley, Ore.)*
Jackson Kennon (Bandon, Ore.)*
*indicates played in 2016 Hogan Cup
The event began in 1969 in commemoration of the vast achievements and contributions to the sport by Eddie Hogan, Riverside's long-time head golf professional who served the club from 1939 until his tragic drowning death in 1968. Hogan, an Oregon Amateur champion and PNGA Amateur champion, was credited for transforming the role of the golf professional, developing what is now considered the standard for the green grass pro shop. Hogan was also dedicated in helping the Oregon Golf Association develop its widely-recognized junior golf program.
Hogan Cup alumni include tour players such as Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, Fred Couples, Bryson DeChambeau, Casey Martin, Peter Jacobsen, Beau Hossler, Jeff Quinney, Patrick Cantlay, Bobby Clampett, Lennie Clements, Scott Simpson, Robert Gamez, Bill Sanders, Kirk Triplett, John Fought and Jason Gore.