Rolling Green Golf Club served as a grand stage on which another chapter was added to the storied history of
women’s amateur golf in the Delaware Valley.
The Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia made a sterling charge down the stretch
June 1 to win the 115th playing of the Women’s
Intercity Matches for the Griscom Cup at Rolling
Green Golf Club.
Trailing midway through the final day’s
matches, Philadelphia finished with 51 points
to 34 for the Women’s Metropolitan Golf
Association (New York) and 24 for Mass Golf
(Massachusetts). The competition utilizes
Nassau-style scoring with three points at stake
in each match.
It marked the 43rd win for Philadelphia in a
series that dates back to 1898 (Massachusetts
joined in 1903).
The hosts came into the second day’s
three-ball matches with 15. 5 points, holding a
four-point lead over New York and a 6.5-point
margin on Massachusetts after winning five of
eight foursomes matches and halving another.
But at the start of the second and final day,
New York won four of its first six matches and
took points in the other two to take a half-point lead with five threesomes still on the
At that point, Lisa McGill gave Philadelphia a
The Sunnybrook Golf Club veteran, who
has played in more than 20 Griscom Cups,
started slowly but would win twice and claim
4. 5 points to give her side a lead it would not
“I was very happy to come back on the
back side,” said McGill, 58, of Philadelphia, Pa.
“It was helpful.”
The four collegiate players who made up
the back half of Philadelphia’s lineup took it
from there. The Penn State University trio of
Cara Basso (Whitford Country Club, 20, of
Downingtown, Pa.), Madelein Herr (Jericho
National Golf Club, 20, of New Hope, Pa.) and
Jackie Rogowicz (Commonwealth National
Golf Club, 20, of Yardley, Pa.) and Isabella
DiLisio (Indian Valley Country Club, 21, of
Hatfield, Pa.), who attends the University of
Notre Dame, won a total of seven individual
matches and halved another to give Team
Philadelphia a win that was a much tougher
fight than the final point totals made it appear.
Catherine Elliott, who calls Merion Golf Club
home, split her two matches on Friday after
helping win two foursomes (alternate shot)
matches on Thursday (May 31). She credits
McGill’s effort for sparking the second-day surge.
“Lisa always plays so well,” Elliott, 30, of
King of Prussia, Pa., said. “She’s a great com-
Elliott, who was playing in her 10th Cup,
enjoys the fact that the Griscom Cup brings to-
gether players from different generations, from
teenagers, to senior amateurs to compete on
an equal footing. It is one of America’s oldest
competitions for women in any sport.
“It’s a great opportunity for mid-ams and
senior-ams to play with the college players,”
Elliott said. “And we all play together as a
team, which is unique. There aren’t many other
tournaments like that.”
PHILADELPHIA TAKES GRISCOM CUP
Golf Association of Philadelphia soliciting DSA nominees
The Golf Association of Philadelphia is seeking nominations for its 2018 Distinguished Service Award (DSA). The DSA is presented to individuals from any golf related dis- ciplines, who have exemplified the spirit of the game at its highest level and who have made a substantial contribution to the game at the Philadelphia, national or international level. Nomination forms can be found on the Golf Association of Philadelphia website,
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2017 Tony Maginnis, Whitemarsh Valley CC 2009 Bruce Parkinson, St. Davids GC
2014 Bob Fitzgerald, Sandy Run CC 2008 William T. Walsh, Philadelphia CC
2012 Kelly Gutshall, Indian Valley CC 2007 Stan Friedman, Bala GC
2011 John MacDonald, Impact Services 2006 Victor Mauck, Jr., St. Davids GC
2010 James Finegan, Sr., Philadelphia CC
Team Philadelphia members were (from left) Suzi Spotleson, Laura Hammond, Isabella DiLisio,
Karen Siegel, Cara Basso, Jackie Rogowicz, Madelein Herr, Lisa McGill, Liz Haines and Catherine Elliott.