BMW GAP Team Matches schedule released
“400” is an error message one receives when visiting a broken website.
There isn’t anything broken about GAP’s latest message involving “400.” The BMW GAP Team Matches schedule is here, and that number pops.
Four hundred teams from 173 GAP Member Clubs – an event record – will participate in the 121st playing of the Association’s genesis. The BMW GAP Team Matches will take place April 23, 30 and May 7. The Playoff & Challenges is set for May 13.
Eighteen clubs from four states make up the BMW GAP Team Matches rookie class: Bayside Resort Golf Club, Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club, Deerfield Golf Club, Ed Oliver Golf Club, Kings Creek Country Club, Newark Country Club, Odessa National Golf Club, The Peninsula Golf & Country Club, Rehoboth Beach Country Club, Rock Manor Golf Club, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club (Delaware); Chesapeake Bay Golf Club (Maryland); Ballamor Golf Club, Golden Pheasant Golf Club, Springdale Golf Club, Stanton Ridge Golf & Country Club (New Jersey); Jack Frost National, John F. Byrne Golf Club (Pennsylvania).
LuLu Country Club and Philadelphia Cricket Club will field the most teams (six). Philadelphia Cricket Club (No. 3 at Wissahickon course pictured above) 1 defeated LuLu, Huntingdon Valley Country Club and Merion Golf Club to win its fifth BMW GAP Team Matches title a year ago.
BMW returns as the event’s presenting sponsor for the ninth consecutive year.
The BMW GAP Team Matches has been contested annually since 1897, 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 Member Clubs — Belmont Golf Association (Aronimink Golf Club today), Merion Cricket Club, Philadelphia Country Club and Philadelphia Cricket — each fielding two teams with six players per side. In its inaugural year, the Matches occurred once in the traditional spring window and a second time in late fall. Merion Cricket’s top squad earned the traditional winner’s wooden plaque.
First known as the Interclub Team Matches, the event changed to the Suburban League Matches in 1915 before adopting the GAP Team Matches moniker in 1997.
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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 340 Member Clubs and 100,000 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.