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Philling the GAP: Tournament department

June 2016

You know by now — at least we trust you do — that the Golf Association of Philadelphia conducts tournaments. Seventy to be exact, give or take a few each year. Events for all ages (see the Senior Amateur Championship and Junior-Junior Boys’ Championship) and ability levels (take the stage, BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship and Tee It Forward events). But the Association’s tournament department operates beyond administering competitive platforms. Course set-up is part of the equation. Staff members mark hazards, determine hole locations and course length for play in advance and will share their expertise with any Member Club wishing to listen. Education is paramount. The tournament department offers an annual Rules of Golf seminar, course marking and set-up instruction and volunteer training. It’s more than meets the tee. Or tent. Or table. You get the idea.

  • When composing the season’s schedule, the tournament department relies on GAP Member Clubs for assistance in offering host services. The Association respectfully requests a club to serve as a host site once every two years.
  • Dotting tees, marking hazards and setting tee positions are just a few of tasks executed during a course set-up.
  • Aside from GAP specific events, the tournament department administers six to eight USGA qualifying events annually.
  • The tournament department conducts an annual Club Rules Seminar, which provides continuing education of the Rules of Golf.
  • Registration for all GAP tournaments is exclusively available online via the Association’s website, www.gapgolf.org.Need to know more about course marking? The tournament department is here to help. Call the Golf Office to set up a session.
  • The tournament department is in-tents. It sets each one for starting and scoring purposes.
  • The tournament department relies on the help of volunteers to successfully administer GAP events.
  • When composing the season’s schedule, the tournament department relies on GAP Member Clubs for assistance in offering host services.