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Preview: 69th Mason-Dixon Matches

Team GAP rolls into Maryland for Mason-Dixon Matches

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The annual honorary team season continues play as Team GAP travels to take on Team Middle Atlantic in the 69th Mason-Dixon Matches Oct. 9-10 at Country Club of Maryland (Towson, Md.).

The 12-player team, consisting of the tournament season’s top performers from all age divisions, has its eyes on bringing the trophy back to the GAP region. Serving as the team’s honorary captain will be the Association’s past president T. Quinn Spitzer.

The Mason-Dixon Matches pits the two teams, including one Junior and two Senior players, from the Golf Association of Philadelphia and the Middle Atlantic Golf Association (MAGA) over two days of competition. The Day One format is six four-ball matches. Day Two is 12 singles matches. Each match is worth one point. Ties are halved.

In the last installment, the GAP fell to the Middle Atlantic team in 2019, 10.5-7.5, at Metedeconk National Golf Club. Beginning in 1952, the matches were played annually. After 2019, the event moved to a once-every-two-year schedule.

Getting back in the win column will be a priority for this GAP squad. The Association’s last Mason-Dixon victory came in the form of back-to-back wins in 2016-17. Team Middle Atlantic has claimed seven of the past 10 renditions of the event.

Take a look at Team GAP:

Zach Arsenault, Riverton Country Club

  • First appearance
  • Round of 16 – BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship

Peter Barron, III, Galloway National Golf Club

  • Fourth appearance (2011, 2013, 2016)
  • 9th – Middle-Amateur Championship
  • T9 – NJSGA Amateur Championship
  • T19 – Silver Cross Award standings

Andy Butler, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

  • First appearance
  • T12 – Patterson Cup
  • Qualified – U.S. Open (Local)

Stephen Cerbara, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

  • First appearance
  • T6 – Patterson Cup

Jeff Frazier, Carlisle Country Club

  • First appearance
  • Brewer Cup Senior Champion
  • Co-medalist – Brewer Cup Stroke Play Qualifying
  • 3rd – Silver Cross Awards Standings
  • Runner-up – Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross)
  • T13 – Senior Amateur Championship

Jack Irons, Little Mill Country Club

  • First appearance
  • Finalist – BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship
  • 8th – NJSGA Amateur Championship

Patrick Knott, Merion Golf Club

  • First appearance
  • 4th – Middle-Amateur Championship
  • Round of 32 – BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship
  • Qualified – U.S. Mid-Amateur

Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club

  • 12th appearance (1984, 1992, 1997-98, 2000, 2002-04, 2018-19)
  • Runner-up – Senior Amateur Championship
  • T3 – Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross)
  • T3 – Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross)
  • T11 – Middle-Amateur Championship
  • Semifinalist – Brewer Cup

Mark Miller, Philadelphia Cricket Club

  • Second appearance (2007)
  • T7- GAP Open Championship

Ross Pilliod, LedgeRock Golf Club

  • First appearance
  • Quarterfinalist – BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship
  • 9th – Patterson Cup
  • 3rd – Silver Cross Award standings

Josh Ryan, The 1912 Club

  • First appearance
  • Junior Boys’ Champion
  • T3- GAP Open Championship
  • T6 – Middle Atlantic Amateur Championship

Troy Vannucci, Little Mill Country Club

  • Third appearance (2018-19)
  • T3 – GAP Open Championship
  • Quarterfinalist – BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship
  • T12 – Patterson Cup
  • 5th – Silver Cross Award standings