DuPont hosts season’s first Major May 18-19
Registration for the GAP Middle-Amateur Championship opens today.
The event’s 37th edition will take place May 18-19 at DuPont Country Club. The following GAP Member Clubs will host qualifying events for the Championship proper.
|Greate Bay Country Club||Saturday, April 18|
|Spring Ford Country Club||Thursday, April 23|
|Medford Village Country Club||Wednesday, April 29|
|Elkview Country Club||Wednesday, May 6|
The Middle-Amateur Championship is open to golfers 25 years of age or older with a Handicap Index of 7.0 or less. It is a two-day, 36-hole stroke play event and the first Major of the tournament season. Coincidentally, it also marks the first time DuPont, which celebrates its centennial this year, welcomes a GAP Major.
A William Hyndman, III Player of the Year points event, the Middle-Amateur Championship 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 Mid-Am, but initially differed 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. At that point, the Committee changed the format of the event to a two-day stroke play tournament (instead of a one-day medal play event) with a cut to the low 70 players and ties after the first round.
For more information regarding the Middle-Amateur Championship, contact the Golf Office at 610-687-2340.
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 288 Member Clubs and 75,000 individual members are spread across the Eastern half of Pennsylvania and parts of New Jersey and Delaware. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.