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Oct. 18, 2016

Soon-to-be GAP Hall of Famer David Brookreson will captain the Association's team.

Association's eyes set on Mason-Dixon prize at Baltimore CC

  The Golf Association of Philadelphia will travel to Baltimore Country Club (East) in Baltimore Md. to compete in the 65th Mason-Dixon Matches Oct. 22-33.

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 The Mason-Dixon Matches pits two 12-man teams, including one Junior and two Senior players, from the Golf Association of Philadelphia and the Middle Atlantic Golf Association (MAGA) over two days of competition. The Day One format is six four-ball matches. Day Two is 12 singles matches. Each match is worth one point. Ties are halved.

 This year’s GAP roster includes: Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor; John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket; Michael R. Brown, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks; Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord; Matthew Finger, DuPont; Scott McLaughlin, Lu Lu; Ron Robinson, Talamore; Stephen Seiden, Llanerch; Max Siegfried, Aronimink; Glenn Smeraglio, Lu Lu; Benjamin Smith, Huntingdon Valley; and Jay Whitby, Wild Quail.

 David Brookreson of Huntingdon Valley Country Club will serve as the team's non-playing captain. Brookreson, who will be inducted into the Association's Hall of Fame on Oct. 26, knows a thing or two about this competition; he represented GAP 15 times (1968-69, 1980-85, 1987-89, 1991, 1994-95, 2005).

 “[The Mason-Dixon Matches] means a day of competing with a good chance to be able to enjoy the social atmosphere of your competitors. I have a lot of acquaintances and golfing friends throughout the country but you don’t really get to know them until you get into an event like that where you get to spend the weekend with them,” said Brookreson, 68, of Huntgindon Valley, Pa. “It’s a wonderful way to socialize but still be very competitive. To be asked to be the non-playing captain is wonderful.”

 The captain will look to get his team back on the winning track for the first time since 2011. He’ll field a lineup that boasts a mix of tested veterans and talented newcomers.

 In last year’s edition, the Middle Atlantic Golf Association defeated the Golf Association of Philadelphia, 10.5–7.5, in the 64th Mason-Dixon Matches at Philadelphia Country Club.

 Since 1952, the matches have been played annually. GAP leads the series overall, 33-26. There have been five ties.

 Below is a look at this year's roster:


Amateurs

Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor Golf Club
Fourth appearance (2009-11)

2016 accomplishments: Finished tied for seventh in the GAP Open Championship at The Ridge at Back Brook … won the Delaware State Golf Association’s Open Championship … tied for 15th in the Middle-Amateur Championship presented by Callaway Golf … reached match play in the BMW Philadelphia Amateur at Merion … reached the quarterfinals in the New Jersey State Mid-Amateur Championship … finished tied for ninth in the Silver Cross Award standings … finished sixth in the 2016 William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings.


John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club
Seventh appearance (2008-10, 2012-14)

2016 accomplishments: Qualified for the U.S. Mid-Amateur at Stonewall … finished seventh in the GAP Middle-Amateur Championship presented by Callaway Golf at Waynesborough … advanced to match play before falling in the Round of 64 to Dan Sullivan (Pasadena, Calif.), 3&2 … finished 17th in the 2016 William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings.


Michael R. Brown, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA
Fourth appearance (2009-10, 2015)

2016 accomplishments: Reached the Round of 16 in the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship at Merion before falling to teammate Stephen Seiden, 5&4 … tied for eighth in the Pennsylvania State Amateur at Moselem Springs ... reached match play in the R. Jay Sigel Match Play Championship at St. Davids, where he fell in the Round of 16 to Luke Miller in 19 holes … reached the quarterfinals in the New Jersey State Mid-Amateur Championship … finished 10th in the 2016 William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings.


Matthew Finger, DuPont Country Club
Third appearance (2014-15)

2016 accomplishments: Finished as runner-up in the Middle-Amateur Championship presented by Callaway Golf at Waynesborough… tied for ninth in the Joseph H. Patterson Cup at Huntingdon Valley … qualified for the U.S. Mid-Amateur at Stonewall … finished seventh in the Delaware State Golf Association Amateur Championship at Wild Quail … finished 12th in the 2016 William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings.


Scott McLaughlin, Lu Lu Country Club
Second appearance (2015)

2016 accomplishments: Placed tied for fourth in the GAP Middle-Amateur Championship presented by Callaway Golf at Waynesborough … reached match play in the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship at Merion before falling to Michael McDermott, 3&2 … reached match play in the R. Jay Sigel Match Play Championship at St. Davids, where he fell in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Matt Holuta, 1-up … tied for fourth in the Pennsylvania State Amateur at Moselem Springs … finished 16th in the 2016 William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings.


Stephen Seiden, Llanerch Country Club
Third appearance (2008, 2011)

2016 accomplishments: Reached the semifinals of the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship at Merion before falling to Jeff Osberg, 4&3 … finished tied for ninth in the Silver Cross Award standings … finished 19th in the 2016 William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings.


Max Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club
Second appearance (2015)

2016 accomplishments: Finished tied for fourth in the Joseph H. Patterson Cup at Huntingdon Valley with an even-par-total of 140 (72-68) ... finished eighth in the Silver Cross standings with a total score of 296 ... placed 21st overall in the 2016 William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings.


Benjamin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club
Fifth appearance (2012-15)

2016 accomplishments: Finished tied for fourth in the Joseph H. Patterson Cup at his home club, firing rounds of 2-over 72 followed by a 2-under 68 … Finished tied for fifth in the GAP Open Championship at The Ridge at Back Brook … finished seventh in the Silver Cross Award standings … finished 10th in the 2016 William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings.


Jay Whitby, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club
First appearance

2016 accomplishments: Quarterfinalist in the BMW Philadelphia Amateur at Merion ... fell to Mason-Dixon teammate Stephen Seiden in the quarters in 21 holes ... won the Delaware State Amateur at his home club ... finished runner-up in the Delaware State Open ... finished ninth in the 2016 William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings.


Seniors

Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club
First appearance

2016 accomplishments: Tied for fourth in the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross) … quarterfinalist in the Brewer Cup presented by Callaway Golf; lost to Christopher Clauson, 1-up … tied for 11th in the 46th Senior Amateur Championship … finished third in the Senior Silver Cross Award standings with a score of 303 … tied for eighth in the Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross) … finished sixth in the GAP Senior Player of the Year standings.


Glenn Smeraglio, Lu Lu Country Club
Eighth appearance (1998, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008-09, 2013)

2016 accomplishments: Won the Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross) with a score of 72 … runner-up in the 46th Senior Amateur Championship; carded rounds of 72 and 71 … tied for fourth in the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross) … won the Senior Silver Cross Award with a score of 290 … won the Senior Four-Ball Stroke Play alongside Thomas Bartolacci, Jr. of Saucon Valley Country Club … advanced to the Round of 16 in the 116th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship at Merion Golf Club; lost to R.J. Wren of Applecross Country Club, 2&1 … tied for third in the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Senior Amateur Championship … finished second in the GAP Senior Player of the Year standings.


Junior

Ron Robinson, Talamore Country Club
First appearance

2016 accomplishments: Earned the No. 3 seed in the 102nd Junior Boys’ Championship at Tavistock Country Club; lost to Ryan Conners of Whitford Country Club, 20 holes, in the quarterfinals … tied for sixth in the Christman Cup presented by GlobalGolfPost at Running Deer Golf Club; carded rounds of 77 and 71 … won the 32nd Jock MacKenzie Memorial at Sandy Run Country Club; defeated Noah Schwartz of Woodcrest Country Club in a sudden-death playoff … won the Harry Hammond Award with a score of 288 … member of the Association’s Williamson Cup team … finished second in the Junior Player of the Year standings with 315 points.

Golf Association of Philadelphia
  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 151 Member Clubs and 57,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. As Philadelphia’s Most Trusted Source of Golf Information, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

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