GAP, NJSGA tie in Compher Cup, Philadelphia retains Cup


  BERNARDSVILLE, N.J.-The Golf Association of Philadelphia retained the Compher Cup, its annual match versus the New Jersey State Golf Association, with a 9-9 draw on Tuesday at Somerset Hills CC.

  Philadelphia retained the Cup based upon its victory in 2002. The challenger must score 9 1/2 points to capture the trophy.

  The match came down to the final better-ball contest of the afternoon. Brian Gillespie of St. Davids GC needed a five footer for par on No. 18 (par 4, 335 yards) to halve the hole and earn the half point GAP needed to retain the cup.

  On No. 17 (par 4, 387 yards), Gillespie's partner, Chris Lange of Overbrook GC, kept the match going when he drained a 12-foot right to left putt for birdie to square the match.

  "After our drives on 18 (Lange was in the fairway bunker and Gillespie behind a tree), I think we were kind of fortunate to earn a half on the hole," said Lange, the captain of the GAP team who was playing in his 20th Compher Cup. "I didn't know what was going on with the match until 18, but these things are always tight."

  Added Gillespie, in his third Compher Cup, "To make that putt to help the team keep the Cup was really special. It's what you practice and you play for."

  The teams split six of the 12 singles matches and four of the six better-ball contests. The other two better-ball matches finished All Square.

  The Golf Association of Philadelphia holds a 28-10-4 advantage in the 42 years of the matches.

  The Compher Cup pits a 12-man team from each association simultaneously competing in a singles match and better-ball match.

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