Merion wins Philadelphia Cup for 70th time
THE WOMEN OF MERION GOLF CLUB have made a lot of history over the past 12 decades. On the pleasant morning of May 10, they made a lit- tle bit more by defeating Huntingdon
Valley 6-1 in a playoff at Old York Road Country
Club for the Philadelphia Cup. It marked the
70th time Merion has claimed the Cup, awarded to the winner of the Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Interclub Matches.
The playoff became necessary when the
two clubs each finished 3-1 in the round-robin
portion. One match, Match 3, was rained out;
coincidentally, on the day the two were scheduled to face each other.
Merion fell to Wilmington Country Club in
Match 1, 5-2. Huntingdon Valley dropped a
7-0 decision to Philadelphia Cricket Club in
Merion’s first Philadelphia Cup
title came in 1898, in the first year
of the Interclub Matches and
some 14 years before the club’s
famed East Course was finished.
Its dominance has only
increased in recent years. Since
1981, the club has claimed 28 Cups, including eight straight from 1981-88 and seven
more in succession from 2002-08.
Because of the rainout, Merion had just one
home match this season and that was on its
West Course since the East Course is closed for
“It’s the 70th [Championship],” said veteran
competitor Liz Haines. “That’s the thing that’s
Haines, 70, of Gladwyne, Pa., said
she and her teammates embrace
the club’s tradition of success in the
“It’s a group of women who
realizes the big shoes they have
to fill of those that came before us,”
Nancy Porter, 69, of Haverford, Pa.,
served as Merion’s captain this year.
Porter noted one key to the club’s continued
success in the Team Matches is the closeness
of the players on the roster.
“It’s so much fun,” she said. “We have such
great camaraderie. As a group of people, we’re
committed to working hard to be a part of it.
[The Team Matches] are part of a tradition.
You’re surrounded by it.” – Rick Woelfel
Left to Right: Lindsay Forgash, Nancy Porter, Meghan Fahey, Liz Haines, Vinny West, Kim Simmons, Katie Sibel, Katrina Ogilby, Loraine Jones and Catherine Elliott.
EASTERN CADDIE ACADEMY COMES TO ARONIMINK, WHITEMARSH VALLEY
Aronimink Golf Club and Whitemarsh Valley Country Club will be host facilities for the inaugural year of the Eastern Caddie Academy this summer.
The Eastern Caddie Academy is a new program that is being modeled after the Western Golf Association Caddie Academy that has been running for seven years
in the northern suburbs of Chicago, Ill. Its purpose is to use caddying, the game of golf and caddie scholarships to bring life-changing opportunities to young women
with limited financial means.
The Eastern Caddie Academy will engage seven young women to caddie at the two aforementioned clubs for seven weeks
(June 19-Aug. 4) where they will experience personal and professional development. All seven of these young women attend
Cristo Rey High School in Philadelphia, Pa.
The Caddie Academy was established and funded by the Frank Polizzi Family. Participants qualify for the program based
on excellent academics, outstanding leadership, strong character, significant financial need and a lack of access to nearby
Upon successful completion of the three-year program, the participants will be eligible to apply for full tuition and housing Platt
Evans Scholarships to Penn State University. Platt Evans Scholarships are co-sponsored by the Evans Scholars Foundation and the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust.