Anthracite Golf Association burns
bright in Northeast Pennsylvania
The AGA, under a new merger, becomes part of the
Golf Association of Philadelphia family.
Anthracite: a hard coal low
in volatile hydrocarbons and
burning with little smoke
THE GOLF ASSOCIATION OF PHILADELPHIA WELCOMES ANTHRACITE to its ever-expanding family in 2018. As a result of this new merger, all Anthracite services will fall under the GAP umbrella. Patrick Lloyd, Anthracite’s Executive Director, will assume the position of GAP Director of Northeast Operations and will continue to administer Anthracite’s tournament schedule.
Anthracite Golf Association:
an organization high on
camaraderie and burning with
large smoke or flame thanks
to a new affiliation.
“The Golf Association of Philadelphia has maintained a presence in the Northeastern Pennsylva-
nia region for years, with seven clubs already being members of GAP,” Mario Machi, GAP Director
of Member Services, said. “Now the entire Anthracite region is a part of GAP for all GAP Member
Services to include USGA services such as handicapping, course rating and USGA qualifying events.
Anthracite’s tournament schedule remains in place but will be strengthened with the additional staff
and resources now available because of an expanded relationship with GAP.”
The Anthracite Golf Association’s (AGA) inception isn’t a far cry from that of the Golf Association of
Philadelphia. A group of golf enthusiasts met frequently in 1951 and in essence formed an organiza-
tion to oversee all competitive events in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
BY TONY REGINA
“We used to have a meeting once a year and schedule the events. Clubs would come to the
meeting, raise their hand and say they’ll take this tournament or that tournament,” Carlyle Robinson,
one of Anthracite’s founders, said. “We didn’t force the tournaments on people.”
Robinson is among a collection largely credited with Anthracite’s foundation and subsequent
growth. Don Allan, Jr. and Vince Scarpetta, Jr. both recall their respective fathers playing primary
roles at the organization’s outset, too. Allan’s father Don, an eight-time club champion at Fox Hill,