31st Philadelphia Challenge Matches - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Oct 18, 2023

31st Philadelphia Challenge Matches

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Team GAP gets back in the Winner’s Circle

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In a strong performance, Team GAP reclaimed the Philadelphia Challenge Matches with a 10.5-7.5 victory over the Philadelphia PGA Section at Saucon Valley Country Club (Grace) Tuesday.

Four players led the GAP collective with 2-0 performances.

2023 Middle-Amateur champion Dave Mecca, of Glen Oak Country Club, went undefeated in his first appearance. He teamed up with Little Mill Country Club’s Jack Irons for a 6&4 four-ball victory over Trevor Bensel of Sandy Run Country Club and Brian Bergstol of Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort. Mecca defeated Bergstol 6&5 in singles.

Irons won in singles over Bensel, 1-up, to secure his undefeated performance.

Last-second replacement Rij Patel of the Country Club of York provided a spark with a 2&1 singles victory over Jeff Herb of Waynesborough Country Club. He teamed up with John Barone of Glenmaura National Golf Club in a 3&2 victory over Herb and Brian Kelly. Patel substituted for Michael R. Brown, Jr., who withdrew because of injury.

Senior Jeff Frazier of Carlisle provided a 4-0 honorary team record in a four-day span. He went 2-0 in the Mason-Dixon Matches at Aronimink Golf Club Oct. 14-15. At Saucon Valley, Frazier took out Terry Hatch of Royal Oaks Country Club in singles, 2&1, and paired with LedgeRock Golf Club’s Chris Storck for a 2&1 four-ball victory over Hatch and Linfield National Golf Club’s Hugo Mazzalupi.

The Philadelphia PGA Section leads the all-time series 22-5-4.

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 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.

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