President's Letter: Fall 2021 - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Nov 21, 2021

President’s Letter: Fall 2021

Membership, meals and meaningful moments

As I file this letter on Sept. 11, it is the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. I know this day touched many of our 80,000-plus GAP family members. We will never forget those who lost their lives. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected. GAP’s small part in acknowledging the weight of that day exists in The Deeg Sezna. The Junior mentoring event honors the late son of Davis Sezna, who perished in the World Trade Center attack. If you’ve never participated in the Deeg, please consider doing so in the future.

The GolfBridge Society, a new organization launched by champion golfers Cole Berman and Michael McDermott, also focuses on Junior mentorship. GAP, as part of its continued mission to promote the game, has extended its support. Read the GolfBridge Society article in this edition to learn more about this ambitious undertaking.

The top Junior golfers in GAP traveled to my home club of Overbrook for the 107th Junior Boys’ Championship in late June. The young men who competed in the event were treated to championship conditions and an experience they will not soon forget. I, for one, was very encouraged to witness the quality of golf demonstrated by the next generation. More importantly, though, I was impressed with their comportment, respect and sportsmanship as future leaders. Congratulations to Josh Ryan on defending his championship, and to runner-up Morgan Lofland.

Having the pleasure to travel to a plethora of GAP Member Clubs this season, I realized we all owe a big “Thank You” to superintendents. Through record setting play, grueling heat and historic rainfall, they delivered a superior product despite many being short staffed. 

This edition features Farm-to-Table and what courses such as Commonwealth National, French Creek, Glenmaura National and others are offering when it comes to fresh, organic cuisine. Just don’t read this section on an empty stomach.

I personally want to thank BMW and the Western Golf Association for affording me the opportunity to play in this year’s BMW Championship Pro-Am at Caves Valley. It was an unforgettable experience. I played alongside Jason Kokrak and, wow, can he hit a golf ball. Next year, another GAP Member Club plays host to the Top 70 players in the world when Wilmington Country Club welcomes the BMW Championship (Aug. 15-21).

The season is winding down but fall is a splendid time to enjoy the game and to support your club. One more round and one more meal is a great way to do that. 

I hope to see you on the course soon.

Oscar L. Mestre

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