This summer marks the 117th season the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP), the oldest local or regional golf association in the country, has conducted tournament competition.
GAP was founded in 1897 by Aronimink Golf Club (formerly Belmont Golf Association), Merion Golf Club (formerly Merion Cricket Club), Philadelphia Country Club and Philadelphia Cricket Club..
The Association's 145 member clubs are spread across parts of four states -- Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. GAP encompasses an area that roughly goes from Lancaster to Scranton to Bethlehem to Princeton to Cape May to North East, Md., and back to Lancaster.
The purpose of the Association is simple: to promote the game of golf. Every GAP activity is designed to do just that.
In terms of competitive golf, the Association has something for everyone, regardless of age or skill level. From the early season GAP Team Matches through the annual Mason-Dixon Matches in October, GAP offers a full schedule of competitions for youngsters, seniors and everyone in between. Included in GAP'S 2012 schedule of events is the 113th Amateur Championship; the 109th Open Championship; the 111th Joseph H. Patterson Memorial Cup and 30th Middle-Amateur Championship
While GAP is charged with promoting the game and guarding its ancient and honorable traditions, it is also focused on keeping up with modern technology. With the introduction of its Web site and communications via e-mail and on-line entries, GAP is providing 21st century service to golfers, clubs and the game in the Delaware Valley.
GOLF.....The Game of a Lifetime
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