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GAP announces 2007 Compher Cup team

  The Golf Association of Philadelphia announced its 2007 Compher Cup Matches team today.

Team Philadelphia
Stephen Arnold, Yardley CC
Mike Danner, Lu Lu CC
Robert Galbreath, Jr., Huntingdon Valley CC
*Brian Gillespie, St. Davids GC
Chris Lange, Overbrook GC
Chip Lutz, LedgeRock GC
Michael McDermott, Merion GC
Paul Rogowicz, Yardley CC
Brian Rothaus, Philmont CC
Glenn Smeraglio, Yardley CC
Conrad Von Borsig, Concord CC
Doug Zelner, Coatesville CC
  The 45th annual match, pitting Philadelphia against the New Jersey State Golf Association, is set for May 2 at Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, N.J. To date, the Golf Association of Philadelphia leads the series 29–11–4.

  Brian Gillespie of St. Davids Golf Club will captain the Philadelphia team. This will be Gillespie’s first stint as Compher Cup captain but his sixth appearance in the series.

  “The Compher Cup is a great way to start the season,” said Gillespie, 31, of Wayne, Pa. “You really get to see what parts of your game are holding up and what needs some fine tuning before the first major starts. I'm excited and honored to be named captain of the team.”

  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 Gillespie, returning to the Compher Cup Matches for Philadelphia are (appearances in parentheses) Chris Lange of Overbrook GC (22th), Mike McDermott of Merion GC (fourth), Brian Rothaus of Philmont CC (fourth), Glenn Smeraglio of Yardley CC (seventh) and Doug Zelner of Coatesville CC (fourth).

  The list of newcomers to GAP’s squad includes defending Patterson Cup Champion and Silver Cross Award winner Stephen Arnold of Yardley CC, Mike Danner of Lu Lu CC, Robert Galbreath, Jr. of Huntingdon Valley CC, Chip Lutz of LedgeRock GC, Paul Rogowicz of Yardley CC and Conrad Von Borsig of Concord CC.

  “I'm extremely excited about playing in my first Compher Cup,” said Arnold, 22, of Langhorne, Pa. “The history and prestige behind the event is so strong, I can't wait to be a part of it.”

  Coming off his final collegiate golf season, Arnold, a senior at Villanova University, said the Compher Cup is a fun way to keep his competitive edge.

  Last year, the Golf Association of Philadelphia defeated the New Jersey State Golf Association, 11-7, to regain the Compher Cup at Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon Course).

  “The NJSGA always fields a strong team, and they are a great group of guys,” Gillespie said. “I'm really looking forward to pairing our guys against theirs and seeing how things shake out.”

  Added Gillespie, “Most of us haven't played competitively since October or November so no matter how you play, your competitive juices will be flowing. I’ve always felt having that first rush of competition before the Mid-Am was a great benefit.”

  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.

  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. That year, the NJSGA side forged a 5–1 lead in the morning foursomes competitions and held serve in the afternoon singles matches for an 11½–6½ victory.

  After the New Jersey victory, Compher himself, who was known at the time as the most successful NJSGA president in its history, presented the trophy “to promote golf between the groups.”

  Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 135 Member Clubs and 60,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. The purpose of the Association is simple: To promote, protect and preserve the game of golf in the region.

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