The birdies didn’t fall into the holes for Brian Humphreys during the Hogan Cup, but the 15-year-old from Washougal kept his cool and shot even par.
“My ability to recover and make par on hole after hole was nice,” Humphreys said. “Perseverance is key to playing consistently well. You can’t blow up if you have one bad hole. It’s going to happen.”
Humphreys shot a 72 Saturday and Sunday for a combined total of 144 strokes, at the Riverside Golf and Country Club course in Portland, Ore. He finished tied for fifth place out of 48 golfers from Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Hawaii and British Columbia, Canada. Humphreys dropped 14 strokes off his final tally from playing in his first Hogan Cup a year ago.
“I definitely learned a lot from playing here last year,” he said. “I really like this golf course. It’s cool to have such a big regional tournament close to home.”
The Hogan Cup has a rich 45-year history. Famous golfers such as Fred Couples, Peter Jacobsen and Tiger Woods have played in this tournament.