Former GAP President Cross dies at age 82 - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Mar 13, 2019

Former GAP President Cross dies at age 82

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Former GAP President Cross dies at age 82

Raymond Cross, former president of the Golf Association of Philadelphia (1997-99), died March 7 at the age of 82.

Cross, of Willow Street, Pa., served on the organization’s Executive Committee from 1990-2000. He played a key role in the growth of GAP initiatives during that time, most notably the admission of public golf facilities into membership in 1996. During the first year of Cross’ presidency, GAP celebrated its centennial. The organization’s Member Club roster, coincidentally, reached the century mark in 1997 as well.

Cross, a Chester Valley Golf Club member, presided over a prime point in the BMW GAP Team Matches timeline. Given demand and expansion, the event’s name changed from the Suburban League Matches to the GAP Team Matches. From a technology standpoint, he oversaw upgrades of club computers for handicap purposes. Cross was also at the forefront when GAP launched its website in 1999.

The following is an excerpt from his President’s Message that year.

“I know that with the spirit of GAP members and our staff and the Executive Committee’s commitment to golf, there is no looking back for this Association. This is an outstanding organization — unequaled in the USA, and I thank you for allowing me to be part of its history,” Cross wrote.

Services will not be held.

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