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Philadelphia Challenge Matches set for Oct. 10 at Applebrook GC

  The Philadelphia Challenge Matches are the annual contest between the Golf Association of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Section of the PGA. This year's Matches are set for Oct. 10 at Applebrook Golf Club.

  The Philadelphia Section of the PGA leads the overall series, 16-1-4.

  Teams consist of 12 players. Two of the 12, on each squad, must be of senior age, 55 years of age or older.

  The format consists of a four-ball stroke play match running concurrently with an individual match.

Amateurs

Name: Andrew Mason
Club: Huntingdon Valley Country Club
Appearances: First
2012 accomplishments: Defended his Open Championship title with a victory in the 108th Open Championship at Pine Valley Golf Club. Mason posted rounds of 70 and 74 to win two shots … defended his Pennsylvania State Amateur Championship with a victory at Rolling Green Golf Club after shooting a three-round total of 5-under par 205 … qualified for the 2012 USGA Amateur Championship … finished fourth on the 2012 William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings. Was the 2011 William Hyndman, III Player of the Year.

Name: Benjamin Smith
Club: Little Mill Country Club
Appearances: First
2012 accomplishments: Won the NJSGA 92nd Open Championship at Manasquan River Golf Club with a 4-under 212 aggregate, clear by one shot … runner-up at the Golf Association of Philadelphia Middle-Amateur Championship at Chester Valley … qualified for match play at the Amateur Championship before losing in the Round of 16 … placed 17th in the Open Championship at Pine Valley Golf Club … tied for 13th in the 110th Joseph H. Patterson Cup at Philadelphia Country Club … finished 10th in the NJSGA Amateur Championship … finished fifth in the 2012 William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings.

Name: Michael Hyland
Club: Little Mill Country Club
Appearances: Third (2001, 2011-2012)
2012 accomplishments: Quarterfinalist in the 112th GAP Amateur Championship. Fell to Ben Feld of Green Valley Country Club, 2&1 … tied for second place in the 110th Joseph H. Patterson Cup at Philadelphia Country Club with a round of 3-under-par 68 … finished third in the 2012 Silver Cross standings … semifinalist in the NJSGA Middle Amateur Championship … finished sixth in the 2012 William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings.

Name: Jeff Osberg
Club: Llanerch Country Club
Appearances: First
2012 accomplishments: Qualified for match play in the 112th Amateur Championship … finished in third place in the 2012 Pennsylvania State Amateur Championship at Rolling Green Golf Club after shooting rounds of 68, 71 and 69 … earned medalist honors in the U.S. Amateur Championship Qualifier. Advanced into match play of the 2012 USGA Amateur Championship as the No. 2 seed but fell in the first round.

Name: John Brennan
Club: Philadelphia Cricket Club
Appearances: Fourth (2008-2010, 2012)
2012 accomplishments: Won 2012 Middle-Amateur Championship with rounds of 67 and 74 at Chester Valley Golf Club … finished tied for ninth in the 108th Open Championship at Pine Valley Golf Club … qualified for the 2012 USGA Middle-Amateur Championship … finished in eighth place on the 2012 William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings.

Name: Brian Gillespie
Club: St. Davids Golf Club
Appearances: Eighth (2001-2007, 2012)
2012 accomplishments: Quarterfinalist in the 112th GAP Amateur Championship. Fell to clubmate Stephen Dressel, 6&4 … tied for 13th in the 110th in the Joseph H. Patterson Cup at Philadelphia Country Club … tied for 17th in Middle-Amateur Championship … finished tied for ninth in the Open Championship at Pine Valley Golf Club … placed 15th in the 2012 William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings.

Name: Grant Skyllas
Club: Moselem Springs Golf Club
Appearances: First
2012 accomplishments: Qualified for match play of the 112th Amateur Championship at Huntingdon Valley Country Club … finished tied for second place in the 110th Joseph H. Patterson Cup with a round of 3-under-par 68 at Philadelphia Country Club … placed ninth in the 2012 Silver Cross standings … finished 17th in the 2012 William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings.

Name: Scott McNeil
Club: Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association
Appearances: Second (2011-12)
2012 accomplishments: Qualified for match play in the 2012 USGA Amateur Publinks Championship at Soldier Hollow Golf Course, Midway, Utah … tied for 10th place finish in the Middle-Amateur Championship … tied for 18th place finish in the 110th Joseph H. Patterson Cup … captured the 41st Four-Ball Stroke Play Championship alongside partner Michael Brown, Philadelphia Publinks GA, with an 8-under-par 63 at North Hills Country Club … finished 19th in the 2012 William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings.

Name: P. Chet Walsh
Club: Philadelphia Country Club
Appearances: 10th (1991, 1993-97, 2001-02, 2004, 2012)
2012 accomplishments: Qualified for match play at the 112th Amateur Championship at Huntingdon Valley Country Club … finished tied for second in the 110th Joseph H. Patterson Cup with a round of 3-under par 68 at Philadelphia Country Club … tied for fourth place in the Silver Cross standings … placed 20th in the 2012 William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings … Won the 2012 Marston Cup in a sudden-death playoff over Steve Lubin, Five Ponds GC and Ron Weaver, Bent Creek CC, after carding an even-par 71.

Name: Stephen Dressel
Club: St. Davids Golf Club
Appearances: First
2012 accomplishments: Semifinalist in the 112th Amateur Championship at Huntingdon Valley Country Club. Fell to Greg Jarmas of the Philadelphia Publinks GA, 3&2 … 25th on the 2012 William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings.

Seniors

Name: Chip Lutz
Club: LedgeRock Golf Club
Appearances: Fourth (1999-2000, 2007, 2012)
2012 accomplishments: Three-time reigning Senior Player of the Year … fell in a playoff and finished second to Mike Vassil of the CC of Scranton in the 42nd Senior Amateur Championship … won the 78th Francis B. Warner Cup with a round of 6-under-par 65 at Concord Country Club …tied for fifth place in the 2012 Middle-Amateur Championship … qualified for match play of the 112th Amateur Championship … qualified for match play in both the 2012 USGA Middle-Amateur Championship and Senior Amateur Championship … defended and won R&A Seniors Open Amateur Championship … defended and won the 2012 Canadian Senior Amateur Championship … low Amateur in the 2012 R&A Senior British Open.

Name: Michael Vassil
Club: Country Club of Scranton
Appearances: First
2012 Accomplishments: Won the Senior Amateur Championship, defeating Chip Lutz of LedgeRock Golf Club in a sudden-death playoff on the first extra hole… captured the Senior Silver Cross Award with a score of 215 … co-runner-up in the Warner Cup (Gross) … finished fifth in the Chapman Memorial (Gross) … qualified as the No. 3 seed in the Brewer Cup … placed second in the Senior Player of the Year Standings.

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