Trump National’s Martin notches first ace
Todd Martin, competing on Trump National Golf Club — Philadelphia’s second team, carded his first hole-in-one during Week Three of the BMW GAP Team Matches.
Martin, 38, of Sicklerville, N.J., aced No. 15 (par 3, 112 yards) at Pennsauken Country Club with a pitching wedge.
“It hopped on the green, started rolling toward the flag and went right in. We all saw it,” Martin, a Trump National member of six years, said. “I’m not sure how you describe [the feeling]. I kind of wanted to stop playing the match at that point, but you have to keep going, right?”
Martin indeed kept going. Paired with Trump National’s Rowland Escritor, he swept both the singles and better-ball portions. Trump National 2 defeated Pennsauken 2, 33–21, in a Division D bout. It finished the 2022 campaign with a 2–1 record (71 points).
BMW GAP Team Matches
Since 1897, the BMW GAP Team Matches has been contested annually, save World War II (1943-45), a severe ice storm (1994) and the COVID-19 pandemic (2020). The Association’s forefathers conceived the Matches to promote spirit, fellowship and camaraderie. It started with the four founding clubs – Belmont Golf Association (now Aronimink Golf Club), Merion Cricket Club, Philadelphia Country Club and Philadelphia Cricket Club – each fielding two teams with six players per side. First known as the Interclub Team Matches, the event changed to the Suburban League Matches in 1915 before adopting its current moniker in 1997. BMW is the event’s presenting sponsor for the eighth consecutive year.
Celebrating Amateur Golf since 1897, GAP, also known as the Golf Association of Philadelphia, is the oldest regional or state golf association in the United States. It serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. The Association’s 330 Member Clubs and 90,000 individual members are spread across Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.