Oct 19, 2021

President’s Letter: Summer 2021

Champions, opportunity and community

I would like to offer a heartfelt “Thank You” to all our Member Clubs that have hosted a GAP event or will do so at some point this year. We understand the last two seasons have seen an unprecedented demand for course access, and we appreciate you affording playing opportunities to GAP and its members. A special thanks to Lookaway Golf Club and Cedarbrook Country Club for giving GAP and its competitors multiple days to conduct the first two 2021 Major championships: the Middle-Amateur (two days) and BMW Philadelphia Amateur (four days). Both courses were perfect, and the club staffs at both sites were even better.

Since GAP has been Celebrating Amateur Golf since 1897, I would like to recognize this season’s early Champions: LuLu Country Club (BMW GAP Team Matches), Scott McNeil of Philadelphia Publinks (Middle-Amateur) and Conor McGrath of Huntingdon Valley (Amateur). I would also like to congratulate Merion Golf Club’s women’s team on its 72nd Philadelphia Cup victory.

GAP partnered with Fore the Ladies and its founder, Abby Liebenthal, on a pair of introductory women’s golf clinics in late April and early May at Walnut Lane Golf Club. The clinics were a low-stress introduction into the game with approximately 35 women attending each clinic. They received instruction on putting, chipping and swing basics. A four-part clinic series for those women looking to become more accustomed to the game ran in June and July.

GAP remains committed to the community. As part of its continued outreach, it partnered with the American Red Cross for three separate blood drives at three Member Clubs – Overbrook Golf Club, my home away from home, Tavistock County Club and White Clay Creek Country Club. Golf is in our blood, and it felt rewarding to give blood, especially considering the national shortage.

This GAP Magazine has gone to the (super) dogs. They lead a rough life, don’t they? Check out the pages inside for some canine chaos. Also, take a minute to read Coatesville Country Club’s 100-year history. We are looking forward to visiting Coatesville when it hosts our Player’s Dinner Oct. 20.

We are also excited about seeing the Top 70 players on the PGA TOUR return to the area for the BMW Championship Aug. 26-29 at Caves Valley Golf Club. This will be the first of two BMW Championships in our region. Wilmington Country Club’s South Course will host in 2022.

GAP turns 125 next year, and we are ready to celebrate. Stay tuned for details as they become available.

I hope to see you on the course soon.

Oscar L. Mestre

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