41st Middle-Amateur Championship: Day One Notebook - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

May 21, 2024

41st Middle-Amateur Championship: Day One Notebook

LuLu’s Field finds success

HORSHAM, Pa. – For the past four years, Carter Field has tried to make an impact in a GAP Major. It finally came to fruition Tuesday.

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The LuLu Country Club member turned in his best GAP performance, carding a 1-over-par 72 in Round One of the 41st Middle-Amateur Championship presented by NJM Insurance Group at Commonwealth National Golf Club (par 71, 6,755 yards). He is tied for 11th entering the final day.

“I’m super proud of the way I played today. I’m happy that I posted a decent score and can’t wait for tomorrow to give it a shot,” Field, 27, of Flourtown, Pa., said. “I’ve been hitting it really well. This is a course where you can get too overly aggressive off the tee. So I just wanted to hit my shots and play to my spots, and I think I did that really well. I just wish I made a couple more putts.”

Field qualified for the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship in 2022 and the GAP Open Championship in 2023. He missed the cut in both. Field earned a berth into this year’s Middle-Amateur by the skin of his nose. He qualified on the number at Five Ponds Golf Club. A clean front nine set the tone for Field at Commonwealth National. He carded two birdies against zero bogeys. On No. 1 (par 5, 511 yards), he hit a wedge 90 yards to nine feet.


On No. 6 (par 4, 400 yards), he made a three-footer for birdie following a 56-degree wedge from 90 yards. Field represented LuLu Country Club 2 in the BMW GAP Team Matches this year. The team advanced to the Playoff and finished third. LuLu Country Club 1 won the Team Matches title.

Field was one of 11 members in the field Tuesday. He and Richard Riva shared low LuLu honors… and bragging rights.

“We have so many good guys and it’s very competitive. Even Team Two is super competitive to stay on. Honestly it’s playing with extra pressure because unfortunately I have thought about if I don’t play well, this may jeopardize my spot on the team, so it’s made me a lot better under pressure,” Field, who works in Information Technology, said. “It’s given me good competitive skill sets. We all work as a team even though we are playing against each other for the spots, so it’s been very good for my game.”

Field will look to use that LuLu motivation to his advantage tomorrow.

“I’m hitting [the ball] great and I’m just gonna keep hitting it to the same spots. I think I have a couple different ideas off the tee I’m going to take but it’s just all about making putts,” Field said. “It’s what it always comes down to, so I’m putting myself in good positions. I just have to convert some of those good opportunities.”

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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 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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