Preview: 70th Mason-Dixon Matches - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Oct 12, 2023

Preview: 70th Mason-Dixon Matches

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Matches set for Aronimink Golf Club

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The honorary team season continues play as Team GAP will host Team Middle Atlantic in the 70th Mason-Dixon Matches Oct. 14-15 at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa.

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 Executive Committee member Jules Quinones.

The Mason-Dixon Matches pits the two teams, including one Junior and two Senior players, from GAP (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 2021, 11.5-6.5, at the Country Club of Maryland. Beginning in 1952, the matches were played annually. After 2019, the event moved to a biennial schedule.

The Association’s last Mason-Dixon victory came in 2017. Team Middle Atlantic has claimed seven of the past 10 playings of the event.

Michael R. Brown, Jr., LuLu Country Club

  • Eighth appearance (2009-10, 2015-19)
  • Round of 16: 123rd BMW Philadelphia Amateur
  • Won: New Jersey Mid-Amateur
  • T6: 58th Delaware Open
  • T8: Pennsylvania Amateur

Anthony Cordaro, Saucon Valley Country Club

  • First appearance
  • T2: Pennsylvania George Dressler Memorial
  • 2nd: GAP/AGA Stroke Play

Zak Drescher, Bent Creek Country Club

  • First appearance
  • Sixth: 40thGAP Middle-Amateur
  • T9: 121st Joseph H. Patterson Cup Presented by Provident Bank

Ben Feld, Green Valley Country Club

  • First appearance
  • T2: 40th GAP Middle-Amateur
  • Round of 32: 123rd BMW Philadelphia Amateur
  • Sixth: Silver Cross Award
  • T16: 121st Joseph H. Patterson Cup Presented by Provident Bank

Chris Fieger, Sr., Heidelberg Country Club (Senior)

  • First appearance
  • Round of 32: U.S. Senior Amateur Championship
  • Round of 32: 123rd BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship
  • T14: 53rd Senior Amateur Championship
  • T2: Senior Four-Ball Stroke Play

Jeff Frazier, Carlisle Country Club (Senior)

  • Second appearance (2021)
  • Runner-up: 53rd Senior Amateur Championship
  • Won: Senior Silver Cross Award
  • Qualified: U.S. Senior Amateur Championship
  • T4: Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup
  • T4: Pennsylvania Senior Amateur Championship

Jack Irons, Little Mill Country Club

  • Second appearance (2021)
  • Runner-up: 72nd Delaware Amateur Championship
  • T16: 121st Joseph H. Patterson Cup presented by Provident Bank

John Lalley, Llanerch Country Club

  • First appearance
  • Semifinalist: 123rd BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship
  • T19: 119th Open Championship

Rij Patel, Country Club of York

  • First appearance
  • T7: 119th GAP Open Championship
  • T9: Pennsylvania Open Championship

John Stevenson, LuLu Country Club (Junior)

  • First appearance
  • Won: 109th Junior Boys’ Championship
  • Won: 24th Christman Cup

Troy Vannucci, Little Mill Country Club

  • Fourth appearance (2018-19, 2021)
  • William Hyndman, III Player of the Year
  • Won: Silver Cross Award
  • T4: 121st Patterson Cup Presented by Provident Bank
  • T3: New Jersey Open
  • Match play: U.S. Mid-Amateur
  • 2nd: New Jersey Mid-Amateur
  • T6: New Jersey Amateur
  • Medalist: 123rd BMW Philadelphia Amateur

Campbell Wolf, USGA/GAP GC

  • First appearance
  • 2nd: 119th GAP Open
  • Quarterfinalist: 123rd BMW Philadelphia Amateur
  • T5: Pennsylvania Amateur

Celebrating Amateur Golf since 1897, GAP, also known as the Golf Association of Philadelphia, is the oldest regional or state golf association in the United States. It serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. The Association’s 340 Member Clubs and 100,000 individual members are spread across Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

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