64th Mason-Dixon Matches
Philadelphia Country Club
October 10-11, 2015
|The 2015 Mason-Dixon Matches team with Honorary Captain R. Jay Sigel (center).|
Middle Atlantic defeats GAP, 10.5–7.5, in Mason-Dixon Matches
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.
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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.
The Golf Association of Philadelphia leads the series 33–26 with five ties.
R. Jay Sigel, arguably the greatest male amateur golfer ever born and raised in the Philadelphia region and state of Pennsylvania, served as the Association’s honorary team captain this year.
Sigel holds the record for GAP Open Championship victories with six and, in all, was a 19-time Major winner (including Silver Crosses). In addition to his legendary GAP success, Sigel found plenty more on the national level, winning two U.S. Amateur Championships and three U.S. Mid-Am Championships, in addition to playing on nine consecutive Walker Cup teams. Sigel, a nine-time Crump Cup champion, was also the low amateur in the 1980 British Open.
Inducted into the GAP Hall of Fame in 2008, Sigel competed on the Association’s Mason-Dixon team 15 times (1967-77, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1987). His Singles record in the competition was 9-3-0, while his Better Ball of Partners record was 7-6-2.
Total: MAGA 10.5, GAP 7.5
Better-Ball (GAP 3, MAGA 3)
(Senior) (MAGA) John Howson, Pine Ridge, & Marty West, Columbia, d. (GAP) Roc Irey, Lookaway, & Raymond Thompson, Overbrook, 4&3; (MAGA) Bennett Buch (junior), Cattail Creek, & Joe Scheffres, Woodmont, d. (GAP) Max Siegfried (junior), Aronimink, & Michael R. Brown, Jr., Links, 1-up; (GAP) Michael Hyland, Little Mill, & Scott McLaughlin, Commonwealth National, d. (MAGA) Connor Tendall, Congressional, & Ben Warnquist, Manor, 1-up; (GAP) Matthew Finger, DuPont, & Benjamin Smith, Huntingdon Valley, d. (MAGA) Mark Cusic, Breton Bay, & Mike Stackus, University of Maryland, 1-up; (MAGA) Matthew Bassler, CC of Maryland, & Dan Falls, Manor, d. (GAP) Benjamin Cooley, Huntingdon Valley, & Patrick Ross, Huntsville, 2-up; (GAP) Justin Hare, Five Ponds, & Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook, d. (MAGA) Doug Hurson, Columbia, & Brian Simpson, Manor, 2&1.
Singles (MAGA 7.5; GAP 4.5)
(Senior) Howson (MAGA) d. Irey (GAP), 4&3; (Senior) Thompson (GAP) d. West (MAGA), 4&3; (Junior) Buch (MAGA) d. Siegfried (GAP), 4&3; Scheffres (MAGA) d. Finger (GAP), 1-up; McLaughlin (GAP) d. Simpson (MAGA), 3&1; Hurson (MAGA) d. Lange, Jr. (GAP), 1-up; Ross (GAP) d. Falls (MAGA), 2&1; Cooley (GAP) d. Stackus (MAGA), 1-up; Cusic (MAGA) d. Hare (GAP), 3&2; Warnquist (MAGA) d. Hyland (GAP), 6&5; Tendall (MAGA) d. Brown, Jr. (GAP), 4&3; Smith (GAP) halved Bassler (MAGA).
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 150 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.