Overbrook Golf Club lost a pair of devoted members and Golf Association
of Philadelphia notables in Joseph A. Moran and Raymond Thompson.
Moran, a West Chester, Pa. resident and former GAP President (1981-
83), died Oct. 11 at the age of 91. Thompson, a Drexel Hill, Pa. resident
and Senior Division standout, died suddenly Nov. 23 at the age of 67.
Joseph A. Moran
Moran served on the organization’s
Executive Committee from 1978-84.
During that time, the Association constructed its first freestanding headquarters and relocated to King of Prussia,
Pa., conducted a course measuring
and rating project and instituted a
touchtone telephone entry system for
score posting. Participating Member
Clubs received 16 handicap revisions
on a biweekly basis as part of their GAP
membership. The Association also first
explored the notion of daily fee courses becoming eligible for membership during Moran’s presidency.
Moran, an Overbrook member since 1960, served as the club’s president from 1986-88. He represented the club in the BMW GAP Team
Matches for nearly 40 years. Moran also represented GAP in the 1962
Mason-Dixon Matches. Other accomplishments include, an Overbrook
men’s championship title in 1976 and six Philadelphia Team Championship trophies during the 1980s.
Moran’s interest in golf stemmed from his days caddying at Merion
Golf Club. He played collegiately at Villanova University and later became
the school’s golf coach (1992-2008) along with his brother Jake.
Joseph was the husband of 63 years to Patricia M. (nee Kirley)
Moran. He is survived by his children, Joseph A., III of Devon, Pa., Mike,
Elizabeth M. Cashan of Moorestown, N.J., Sarah M. Parris of Fairfax, Va.,
Matthew J. of Glen Head, N. Y. and Patrick K. of Locust Valley, N. Y. and
preceded by his son Edward J.
Thompson, an Overbrook member
since 1957, splashed onto the Philadelphia golf scene in 1965 with a notable
victory in the GAP Junior-Junior Boys’
Championship (His brother Andy took
the Junior Boys’ title that year). Four
years later, Thompson started to ascend
the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship ladder: quarterfinalist (1969),
semifinalist (1970) and champion (1972).
He defeated Sandy Run Country Club’s
Thomas Conboy, 5& 3, in the Final at Aronimink Golf Club.
Upon his graduation from Florida State University in 1974, Thompson
tested the professional waters. Of note, he appeared in a pair of U.S. Open
Championships (1977-78). Thompson also competed on a couple of mini-tour circuits in Florida, with a victory to his name.
In 2007, Thompson became the first player in GAP history to sweep
the Division’s Majors (Francis B. Warner Cup, Frank H. Chapman Cup and
Senior Amateur Championship). He claimed The Brewer Cup, a Senior
Major added to the schedule in 2008, earlier this year. A cherry on that
2007 season was a victory in the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Senior
Thompson, a three- time Senior Silver Cross Award winner (2007, 2011,
2013), also captured the Warner Cup (Gross) in 2009 and the Senior Amateur in 2011. He and Oscar Mestre, a fellow Overbrook member and GAP
Vice President, took the Senior Four-Ball Stroke Play the last two years.
Thompson won 12 men’s club championships at Overbrook — one
shy of brother Andy’s all-time mark. Furthermore, he appeared in five
U.S. Senior Amateur Championships (2010-11, 2013-15). At age 62, he
reached the BMW Philadelphia Amateur semifinals at White Manor
Thompson is survived by his wife Vicki, daughter Jaime Ray and son
Lebow, a women’s golf advocate and long-time Spring Ford Country Club member, died
Sept. 19. She was 95.
Lebow, of Royersford, Pa., was a prominent voice on the Women’s Golf Association
of Philadelphia front. She served on the
organization’s nominating committee before
a stint as president (1976-77). In 1983, Lebow
was selected to chair the Association’s Course
Rating Committee. She became an honorary
WGAP member in 1997. Lebow also served as
president of the Pennsylvania State Women’s
Golf Association (1990-91).
Lebow, along with Laura Borsdorf and Nan-
cy Kline, established Girls Golf of Valley Forge,
a developmental program for girls ages 7-17, in
2006. Girls Golf of Valley Forge aims to create
a network for girls to learn how to play golf, to
build friendships and to sample competition in
a positive and supportive environment.
Lebow was the wife of the late Charles
(Chick) Lebow. She is survived by sons Jack,
husband of Elyse (Pacioni) Lebow, and Roger,
husband of Patty (Plotts) Lebow; grandchil-
dren Michael Lebow and Susan Moran and
great-granddaughter Molly Moran.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be
made to Girls Golf of Valley Forge, P.O. Box 74
Royersford, PA. 19468 or online at