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.