41st Middle-Amateur registration - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Feb 29, 2024

41st Middle-Amateur registration

Middle-Amateur set for May 21-22 at Commonwealth National


Major championship season is near.

Registration for the 41st GAP Middle-Amateur Championship presented by NJM Insurance Group is now open. The first Major of 2024 takes place May 21-22 at Commonwealth National Golf Club in Horsham, Pa.

The Middle-Amateur Championship is expanding from 36 to 54 holes, beginning in 2024. Each event will now be listed on the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) and be eligible for points.

The field of 144 players will be cut to the low 48 scores and ties after Round One. For Rounds Two and Three, players will be paired in twosomes. There will be no repairing before the final round.

The playoff for the Middle-Amateur moves from a four-hole aggregate format to a sudden-death playoff.

The following GAP Member Clubs will host qualifying events for the Championship proper:

Five Ponds Golf ClubSaturday, April 13
Scotland Run Golf ClubMonday, April 15
Out Door Country ClubTuesday, April 30
Irem Country ClubThursday, May 2

The Middle-Amateur is open to males 25 years of age or older with a GAP Handicap Index of 5.0 or less. 

Commonwealth National previously hosted the Middle-Amateur in 2006 won by Overbrook Golf Club’s Chris Lange. He is the only player to win consecutive titles.

A William Hyndman, III Player of the Year points event, the Middle-Amateur started in 1984, three years after the USGA created the U.S. Mid-Amateur as a formal championship for post-college amateurs. GAP followed suit with the USGA in creating a Middle-Amateur, but initially varied in its administration of the tournament in a couple of respects.

The most obvious difference was the age requirement. Prior to 2001, the GAP Middle-Amateur was only available to players 30 years of age or older.

The GAP Executive Committee reviewed and revised that age requirement in 2001 to match the USGA’s guidelines of 25 years of age or older for eligible players. It also, as previously mentioned, changed the format of the event to a two-day stroke play tournament with a cut to the low 70 players and ties after the first round.

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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