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Senior Challenge Matches set for Oct. 6

Team GAP will head south for the 33rd Senior Challenge Matches on Oct. 6 at Country Club of Maryland in Towson, Md.

| History | Year-by-year | Player roster |

The event pits GAP (Golf Association of Philadelphia) against the Delaware State Golf Association, Maryland State Golf Association and New Jersey State Golf Association. The DSGA, of note, merged with GAP earlier this year.

Eight senior golfers (55 years of age or older) representing each organization compete in 18 holes of stroke play. The top six scores count toward the team total.

GAP holds a record 16 titles overall. The NJSGA defeated GAP by 13 strokes a year ago at Gulph Mills Golf Club.

Below is a look at the GAP and DSGA teams, respectively.

Bill Burke, Galloway National Golf Club
First appearance

  • Won the 88th Francis B. Warner Cup at The 1912 Club
  • Tied for 10th in the 17th Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup at Indian Valley Country Club
  • Tied atop the Senior Silver Cross Award standings
  • Currently ranked 10th in the Senior Player of the Year standings.

Perry Landis, Moselem Springs Golf Club
First appearance

  • Tied for third in the 17th Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup
  • Won the 63rd Senior Four-Ball Stroke Play Championship at Moselem Springs alongside LedgeRock Golf Club’s Chris Storck
  • Currently ranked eighth in the Senior Player of the Year standings

Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club
Fifth appearance (2015, 2018-19, 2021)

  • Qualified as the No. 59 seed in the 67th U.S. Senior Amateur at The Kittansett Club in Marion, Mass.; lost to Jon Brown of Adel, Iowa in 19 holes
  • Qualified as the No. 10 seed in the 15th Brewer Cup at Blue Bell Country Club; lost to Mike Moffatt of LuLu Country Club, 3&2
  • Currently tied for fourth in the Senior Player of the Year standings

Greg Osborne, Overlook Golf Course
First appearance

  • Won the Super-Senior Silver Cross Award with a score of 289
  • Won the 14th Francis B. Warner Cup Super Senior at Bala Golf Club
  • Shared runner-up honors in the 17th Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup Super Senior at Merion Golf Club (West)
  • Won the Super-Senior title in the 18th Art Wall, Jr. Memorial Championship presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods at West Shore Country Club
  • Currently ranked first in the Super-Senior Player of the Year standings

Ken Phillips, Lancaster Country Club
Third appearance (2016-17)

  • Runner-up in the 15th Brewer Cup; lost to Joe Roeder of Merion Golf Club in 19 holes
  • Tied for fifth in the 88th Francis B. Warner Cup
  • Tied for fifth in the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Senior Open Championship presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods at Valley Brook Country Club
  • Currently ranked third in the Senior Player of the Year standings

Joe Roeder, Merion Golf Club
Second appearance (2017)

  • Won the 15th Brewer Cup; defeated Ken Phillips of Lancaster Country Club in 19 holes
  • Currently tied for fourth in the Senior Player of the Year standings

Chris Storck, LedgeRock Golf Club
First appearance

  • Shared runner-up honors in the 88th Francis B. Warner Cup
  • Qualified for the 67th U.S. Senior Amateur
  • Won the 63rd Senior Four-Ball Stroke Play Championship alongside Moselem Springs’ Perry Landis
  • Tied for sixth in the 17th Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup
  • Tied atop the Senior Silver Cross Award standings
  • Currently ranked second in the Senior Player of the Year standings

David West, Philadelphia Publinks GA
Second appearance (2015)

  • Shared runner-up honors in the 88th Francis B. Warner Cup
  • Tied for sixth in the 17th Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup
  • Tied atop the Senior Silver Cross Award standings
  • Currently ranked ninth in the Senior Player of the Year standings

Jeff Allen, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

  • Tied for seventh in the 17th GAP Super-Senior Amateur Championship
  • Tied for sixth in the 17th Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup
  • Quarterfinalist in the 15th Brewer Cup; lost to Roc Irey of LuLu Country Club, 2&1
  • Tied for ninth in the 71st GAP/DSGA Senior Amateur Championship at Wild Quail Golf & Country Club
  • Tied for 12th in the 7th GAP/DSGA Super-Senior Amateur Championship at Newark Country Club
  • Ranked 22nd in the GAP Super-Senior Player of the Year standings

Tom Humphrey, Wilmington Country Club

  • Tied for 10th in the 17th Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup
  • Currently ranked 72nd in the GAP Super-Senior Player of the Year standings

Ron Jamarowicz, DuPont Country Club

  • Finished third in the 71st GAP/DSGA Senior Amateur Championship
  • Tied for 10th in the 17th Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup
  • Currently ranked 30th in the GAP Senior Player of the Year standings

Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club

  • Quarterfinalist in the 15th Brewer Cup; lost to Joe Roeder, 1-up
  • Tied for ninth in the 88th Francis B. Warner Cup
  • Finished sixth in the 71st GAP/DSGA Senior Amateur Championship
  • Currently tied for 20th in the GAP Senior Player of the Year standings

Pem Rosal, DuPont Country Club

  • Won the 71st GAP/DSGA Senior Amateur Championship
  • Currently tied for 22nd in the GAP Senior Player of the Year standings

Alan Wagenschnur, Newark Country Club

  • Won the 7th GAP/DSGA Super-Senior Amateur Championship
  • Placed 26th in the 71st GAP/DSGA Senior Amateur Championship
  • Currently ranked 44th in the GAP Super-Senior Senior Player of the Year standings.

Steve Walczak, Wilmington Country Club

  • Placed sixth in the 17th GAP Super-Senior Amateur Championship
  • Finished fourth in the 71st GAP/DSGA Senior Amateur Championship
  • Currently tied for 26th in the GAP Super-Senior Player of the Year standings

Not pictured: Bryan Taylor, Ocean City Golf Club

  • Runner-up in the 71st GAP/DSGA Senior Amateur Championship
  • Currently tied for 27th in the GAP Senior Player of the Year standings

GAP
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.