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Philling the GAP: 125 Years and Counting

Instead of “New year, new you,” how about, “New year, same storied you?” GAP, the oldest state or regional golf association in the country, celebrates a special milestone in 2022. Can you believe it’s our 125th birthday? The cake will be cut in concert with the BMW Championship on Aug. 15 at Wilmington Country Club. More details on the 125th celebration. will follow in the coming months. GAP (Golf Association of Philadelphia) was founded in 1897 by members of the Belmont Golf Association (now Aronimink Golf Club), Merion Cricket Club (now Merion Golf Club), Philadelphia Country Club and Philadelphia Cricket Club. George Fowle, a Philadelphia Country Club member, was elected the first GAP president on April 5, 1897. Since its inception, GAP has sustained its mission: to preserve, protect and promote the game of golf.  

  • On Feb. 5, 1897, seven men from four clubs gathered at the Market Street National Bank for the purpose of founding GAP.
  • The BMW GAP Team Matches (formerly known as the Interclub Matches) started upon GAP’s founding in 1897. The first BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship (then known as the Individual Championship Tournament) occurred.
  • James W. Finegan’s “A Centennial Tribute to GOLF in Philadelphia” commemorated GAP’s 100th anniversary in 1997. It includes a foreword by the great Arnold Palmer.
  • GAP today includes 300 Member Clubs and 90,000 individual members spread across the Eastern half of Pennsylvania and parts of Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey.