Golf Association of Philadelphia Compher Cup team released

  The Golf Association of Philadelphia announced its 2003 Compher Cup Matches team.

2003 Compher Cup Team
Brian Gillespie, St. Davids GC
Chris Lange, Overbrook GC
James Macallister, Manufacturers G&CC
Michael McDermott, Llanerch CC
Frank McFadden, Overbrook GC
William McGuinness, Tavistock CC
Oscar Mestre, Jr., Overbrook GC
Mike Moffat, Commonwealth National GC
John Robinson, Commonwealth National GC
Glenn Smeraglio, Yardley CC
Michael Tash, Tavistock CC
P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia CC
  The Golf Association of Philadelphia announced its 2003 Compher Cup Matches team on Monday.

  The 42nd annual matches, which pit the GAP against the New Jersey State Golf Association, are set for April 29 at Somerset Hills Country Club in Bernardsville, N.J. To date, the Golf Association of Philadelphia leads the series 28–10-–3.

  Chris Lange of Overbrook Golf Club, who is making his 20th appearance as a GAP representative at the Compher Cup, will be the Philadelphia captain. Lange, who last played in the Matches in 2001, holds a 9–8–2 singles record and a remarkable 16–1–2 four-ball mark in the Compher Cup.

  "It's an honor and I'm very appreciative," said Lange, 48, a Bryn Mawr resident of being chosen as captain. "Hopefully, I'll be able to pick the right combinations and we can get GAP a victory. It's the type of event where you want to do well, but it's more about the camaraderie and the essence of the event than the outcome."

  Each association fields a 12-man team with players simultaneously competing in a singles match and four-ball match. There are a total of 18 possible points. Matches that end in a tie result in a half point for the team.

  In addition to Lange, returning to the Compher Cup Matches for the Golf Association of Philadelphia are (appearances in parentheses): Brian Gillespie of St. Davids GC (third), Michael McDermott of Llanerch CC (second), Frank McFadden of Overbrook GC (second), William McGuinness of Tavistock CC (eighth), Oscar Mestre, Jr. of Overbrook GC (sixth), Mike Moffat of Commonwealth National GC (second), Glenn Smeraglio of Yardley CC (fourth), Michael Tash of Tavistock CC (sixth) and P. Chet Walsh of Philadelphia CC (10th).

  Newcomers to the Compher Cup are James Macallister of Manufacturers G&CC and John Robinson of Commonwealth National GC.

  "Being a member of any team to represent GAP should be on everybody's goal list," said Walsh, 38, of Norristown, who will return to Compher Cup action for the first time since 1998. " It's an honor."

  Last year, the GAP defeated the NJSGA, 12–6, at Huntingdon Valley Country Club. Philadelphia has captured six of the last seven meetings with the only exception coming in 2001 when the sides finished in a draw. That year, GAP retained the Cup because it was victorious the year prior.

  For Somerset Hills Country Club, this is the first time it will serve as host for the Compher Cup.

  Fred Compher, a former New Jersey State Golf Association president, conceived the neighborhood matches after leaving his post in 1959. Compher donated a silver trophy that year earmarked for such a rivalry. Known at the time as the most successful NJSGA president in its history, Compher himself presented the first trophy β€œto promote golf between the groups.”

  In 1961, association representatives Bob Jacobson of New Jersey and Richard Ollmah of GAP completed the details. In 1962, the first Compher Cup matches took place at Hollywood Golf Club in Deal, N.J. That year, the NJSGA side forged a 5–1 lead in the morning foursome competitions and held serve in the afternoon singles matches to cruise to an 11 1/2–6 1/2 victory.

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