Whitemarsh Valley to host 124th BMW Philadelphia Amateur - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Nov 09, 2023

Whitemarsh Valley to host 124th BMW Philadelphia Amateur

Lush Lafayette Hill venue to host for a record 16th time

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GAP’s most prestigious and historic event, the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship, returns to Whitemarsh Valley Country Club for a record 16th time. The 124th edition will be conducted during its typical calendar time frame, Father’s Day week (June 10-12, & 15, 2024). The historic Lafayette Hill, Pa. venue hosted the Amateur in 1915, 1917, 1921, 1926, 1932, 1938, 1942, 1950, 1952, 1958, 1962, 1981, 1992, 2008, 2018 and 2024.

“Being one of the older clubs in GAP, we have always had a great relationship with the Association,” Whitemarsh Valley’s head golf professional David Pagett, 45, of Oreland, Pa. said. “Hosting the most premier amateur event in the area means a lot to us at the club. We’ve hosted it the most and we are proud of that.”

The trophy’s namesake, J. Wood Platt, won a record seven titles (1922, 1924, 1928, 1938-39, 1942), six of which came as a member of Whitemarsh Valley. He won his final two titles at his long-time home. 

Some of GAP’s most heralded figures claimed titles at Whitemarsh, including Cameron Buxton (1917), John Dyniewski (1962), William Hyndman, III (1958), Michael McDermott (2008) and Lincoln Roden, III (1950).

“Whitemarsh is one of the great classic Philadelphia designs,” Pagett said. “We are just under 7,000 yards in length but we are known for our good greens and great par 3s that range from 240 to 115 yards. We have a great variety of holes. Great play always rises here.”

The last time the Philadelphia Amateur went to Whitemarsh Valley, Manasquan River Golf Club’s Jeremy Wall held off Huntingdon Valley Country Club’s Andrew Mason in a Final that went 37 holes in 2018.

“Whitemarsh Valley has been supporters of GAP for a long time,” Kirby Martin, GAP’s Director of Competitions said. “The course always provides a great challenge for our players and is always in Championship condition. We are excited to bring the Philadelphia Amateur back to Whitemarsh Valley.”

The other stroke-play qualifying site has yet to be determined.

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