124th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Registration - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Mar 27, 2024

124th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Registration

Whitemarsh Valley set to host GAP’s premier major

GAP’s flagship individual event, the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship, is nearing the starting line.

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Registration for the 124th edition is now open. GAP’s premier major will take place June 11-13 & 15 at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club, which will serve as the primary host. North Hills Country Club will be a qualifying host on Day One. It’s open to male GAP Member Club golfers with a handicap index of 5.0 or lower.

The path to the J. Wood Platt Trophy starts with BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship Qualifying at these four sites.

  • Ballamor Golf Club (May 8)
  • Coatesville Country Club (May 13)
  • Berwick Golf Club (May 14)
  • Golden Oaks Golf Club (May 20)

Whitemarsh Valley has served as the primary host of the BMW Philadelphia Amateur a total of 16 times including 2024. Most recently, Jeremy Wall of Manasquan River Golf Club defeated Andrew Mason of Huntingdon Valley Country Club in 37 holes in 2018.

New this year, the winner of the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship receives an automatic bid into the U.S. Amateur Championship. Last May, the USGA announced revisions to that event’s qualifying model. The U.S. Amateur will move from a one-stage, 36-hole qualifying format to a two-stage qualifying format with an 18-hole local qualifier and an 18-hole final qualifier.

As part of the changes, the USGA announced exemptions into the Championship proper for state, Allied Golf Associations, regional and national amateur champions based on established criteria and historical WAGR event power rankings.

Additionally, the BMW Amateur runner-up as well as the two semifinalists from that championship earn exemptions into the U.S. Amateur Final Qualifying.

All four players are exempt from 2025 U.S. Amateur Local Qualifying.

Also, the 2023 Champion is locally exempt for the 2024 U.S. Amateur.

The BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship is GAP’s premier individual championship. Participants must first advance through a one day, 36-hole stroke-play qualifier to gain one of the 32 available match play positions. Those who qualify for match play must advance through one of four matches in two days to reach the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Final, which is typically held on the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend. The winner receives the J. Wood Platt Trophy: its namesake holds a record-seven BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship titles.


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 organization’s 345 Member Clubs and 110,000 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.

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