Team GAP looks for seventh-straight Compher Cup win as 59th edition tees off April 28 at Somerset Hills Country Club.
The GAP's 12-member team looks to continue its winning ways in the annual team event between the GAP and the New Jersey State Golf Association. In 2019, the GAP team came out with the win, defeating the NJSGA, 10.5-7.5, at The Ridge at Back Brook. The competition was canceled last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. GAP currently leads the all-time series, 39–13, with five ties.
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.
Team GAP will be led by honorary captain and former GAP President Bob Morey, the Association's 32 in its long history. Morey, of Merion Golf Club, served in that instrumental role from 2015-2017. Morey will join his team on the road as they head to Somerset Hills, an A.W. Tillinghast-designed championship course known for its testing green complexes.
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 Team GAP below (all stats based on the 2020 season):