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Team GAP awaits 58th Williamson Cup

GAP is rallying its troops and will march to Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria, Va. for the 58th Williamson Cup.

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The battle between a mix of 10 state and regional golf associations over 36 holes of stroke play will commence Aug. 8-9. The Williamson Cup will decide which golf association has produced the finest Junior competitors. The three lowest scores from each four-man team will count toward the team total.

The Williamson Cup was established in 1964 by A. Fred Williamson in memory of his father, one of the original founders of the famed Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. The Washington Metropolitan Golf Association took last year’s title with a team score of 435. GAP placed second with a score of 443.

GAP has hoisted the Williamson Cup on seven occasions (1969, 1984, 1987-88, 1991, 1993, 2000). Below is a look at the 2022 team.

Nathan Guertler, Merion Golf Club

Age: 17
Hometown:  Merchantville, N.J.
School: Haddon Heights Jr. Sr. High School (senior)
2022 accomplishments: Finished sixth in the 23rd Christman Cup at Lookaway Golf Club; carded rounds of 73 and 75 … ninth place in Harry Hammond award standings with a score of 300 … qualified as the No. 10 seed and finished runner-up in the 108th Junior Boys’ Championship at Bala Golf Club; lost to The 1912 Club’s Josh Ryan, 5&4 … tied for 29th in the 38th Jock MacKenzie Memorial at Sandy Run Country Club … currently tied for seventh in the Junior Player of the Year standings with 140 points.

Tyler Leyden, North Hills Country Club

Age: 18
Hometown:  Glenside, Pa.
School: La Salle College High School (senior)
2022 accomplishments: Finished tied for third in the 23rd Christman Cup at Lookaway Golf Club; carded rounds of 70 and 72 … third place in Harry Hammond Award standings with a score of 288 … qualified as the No. 11 seed in the 108th Junior Boys’ Championship at Bala Golf Club; lost to Llanerch Country Club’s Aidan Farkas, 3&2, in the Round of 16 … tied for eighth in the 38th Jock MacKenzie Memorial at Sandy Run Country Club … currently ranked fifth in the Junior Player of the Year standings with 237.5 points.

Keller Mulhern, Whitford Country Club

Age: 18
Hometown:  Exton, Pa.
School: Saint Joseph’s University (freshman)
2022 accomplishments: Finished fifth in the 23rd Christman Cup at Lookaway Golf Club; carded rounds of 74 and 74 … placed sixth in the Harry Hammond Award standings with a score of 294 … qualified as the No. 4 seed and finished as a semifinalist in the 108th Junior Boy’s Championship at Bala Golf Club; lost to The 1912 Club’s Josh Ryan, 6&5 … tied for 15th in the 38th Jock MacKenzie Memorial at Sandy Run Country Club … finished tied for fifth at the PAGA Junior Boys’ Championship at Hershey Country Club (East); carded rounds of 69 and 72 … currently ranked sixth in the Junior Player of the Year standings with 142.5 points.

Josh Ryan, The 1912 Club

Age: 18
Hometown:  Norristown, Pa.
School: Liberty University (freshman)
2022 accomplishments: Finished second in the 23rd Christman Cup at Lookaway Golf Club; carded rounds of 71 and 69 … tied for first in Harry Hammond Award standings with a score of 277 … medalist and winner of the 108th Junior Boy’s Championship at Bala Golf Club; dispatched Merion Golf Club’s Nathan Guertler, 5&4, in the championship match … tied for first place at the 38th Jock MacKenzie Memorial at Sandy Run Country Club; lost to Wilmington Country Club’s Matthew Homer in a sudden-death playoff … finished tied for sixth in the 118th Open Championship at Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon); carded back-to-back rounds of 71 … finished tied for sixth in stroke-play qualifying for the 122nd BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship; lost to LuLu Country Club’s Jon Rusk in 19 holes in the Round of 16 … currently ranked first in the Junior Player of the Year standings with 704.1 points.

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.