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57th Compher Cup Matches Sept. 26 - Sunnybrook Golf Club

The Compher Cup, originally set for April 25, was postponed due to inclement weather. All systems are now a go for a new date: Wednesday, Sept. 26.

The 57th Compher Cup Matches is back on and ready for Sunnybrook Golf Club. The Golf Association of Philadelphia is striving to continue its winning ways in the annual honorary team event between the GAP and the New Jersey State Golf Association.

The format is simple: each Association fields a 12-man team. Players simultaneously compete in a singles match and four-ball match. A total of 18 points is available. Matches that end in a tie result in a half point for the team.

Terry Sawyer, of Lu Lu Country Club, has been selected as the honorary team captain to lead the GAP side in this year's playing rendition. "Having played in this wonderful competition for many years and for both Associations, I take great pride in giving back to golf. It's an honor to have been selected as the captain of the Compher Cup team. It's truly appreciated," said Sawyer, 70, of Stuart, Fla.

In last year's event, the GAP team held on at Baltustrol Golf Club's Lower Course in Springfield, N.J., defeating the NJSGA, 13.5-4.5. The GAP currently leads the all-time series, 37–13, with five ties.

Fred Compher, a former NJSGA president, conceived the neighborhood matches after leaving his post in 1959. Compher donated a silver trophy that year earmarked for such a rivalry.

In 1961, association representatives Bob Jacobson of New Jersey and Richard Ollmah of GAP completed the details. In 1962, the first Compher Cup matches took place. That year, the NJSGA side forged a 5–1 lead in the morning foursomes’ competitions and held serve in the afternoon singles matches for an 11.5-6.5 victory. After New Jersey’s victory, Compher, who was known at the time as the most successful NJSGA president in its history, presented the trophy to promote golf between the groups.

Meet the Golf Association of Philadelphia team below. Note: all stats based on 2017.

Honorary Team Captain: Terry Sawyer, Lu Lu

  • Compher Cup team member (1977-83)
  • 7-0 in individual Compher Cup matches
  • Former GAP Executive Committee Member
  • 1981 GAP Four-Ball Champion (with Doug Fraser)
  • 2010 27-Hole Challenge Champion (with Frank McFadden)
  • J. Wood Platt Trustee and Caddie Scholar (1966-70)

P.J. Acierno, Lu Lu

  • BMW Philadelphia Amateur semifinalist
  • Tied for 21st in Joseph H. Patterson Cup
  • Tied for 25th in GAP Open
  • Quarterfinalist in R. Jay Sigel Match Play
  • Finished 20th in William Hyndman III, Player of the Year Standings

Peter Barron, III, Greate Bay

  • Tied for 7th in GAP Middle-Amateur
  • Qualified for U.S. Mid-Amateur
  • New Jersey State Mid-Amateur Champion
  • Tied for 14th in Delaware State Amateur
  • Finished 14th in William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings

John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket

  • BMW Philadelphia Amateur Medalist
  • Missed GAP Open and Joseph H. Patterson Cup due to wrist injury

Michael R. Brown, Jr., Lu Lu

  • Quarterfinalist in BMW Philadelphia Amateur
  • Tied for 9th in GAP Open
  • Finished tied for 12th in GAP Middle-Amateur
  • Tied for 13th in Joseph H. Patterson Cup
  • Won GAP Four-Ball title with Mark Wachter
  • Reached Round of 64 in U.S. Mid-Amateur
  • Finished 3rd in William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings

Stephen Dressel, St. Davids

  • Tied for runner-up in GAP Middle-Amateur
  • Qualified for U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, earning medalist honors with teammate Brian Gillespie
  • Finished tied for 24th in William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings

Ben Feld, Huntingdon Valley

  • GAP Middle-Amateur Champion
  • Tied for 20th in Joseph H. Patterson Cup
  • Finished 16th in William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings

Brian Gillespie, St. Davids

  • Tied for 3rd in Joseph H. Patterson Cup
  • Finished tied for 5th in Silver Cross Award standings
  • Tied for 24th in GAP Middle-Amateur
  • Reached BMW Philadelphia Amateur Match Play
  • Qualified for U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, earning medalist honors with teammate Stephen Dressel
  • Finished 13th in William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings

Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook

  • Co-runner-up in GAP Middle-Amateur
  • Finished tied for 24th in William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings

Marty McGuckin, RiverCrest

  • Tied for 25th in the GAP Open
  • Reached match play of the BMW Philadelphia Amateur

Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock

  • BMW Philadelphia Amateur runner-up
  • Finished 15th in William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings

Nathan Sutherland, Golden Oaks

  • Reached Round of 16 in BMW Philadelphia Amateur
  • Tied for 17th in GAP Middle-Amateur
  • Finished 30th in William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings

Conrad Von Borsig, Philadelphia Cricket

  • Quarterfinalist in BMW Philadelphia Amateur
  • Finished 10th in GAP Middle-Amateur
  • Tied for 21st in Joseph H. Patterson Cup
  • Finished 17th in William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings

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