VERBROOK GOLF CLUB’S
Oscar Mestre has a favorite
saying. It applies to everything he does in life, and
even travels with him to each
golf course he competes on.
“Whether you think you can, or whether
you think you can’t… you’re right.”
As the saying goes, he was right. Mestre
could win the 2019 Senior Player of the Year
Award after gathering 653.5 points, and did.
“All the things I was able to accomplish
this season reaffirms the thought of ‘I can’ in
my golf game. It was a grind at times, and I
battled through some ups-and-downs, but in
the end, it’s all worth it,” said Mestre.
It was a season of brilliance — and reflection — for the GAP Vice President. In total,
Mestre doubled the points of the next closest
finisher, Jeffrey Allen (376.6 points) of Wild
Quail Golf & Country Club.
The points-earning prowess began with a
convincing three-shot win in the Francis B.
Warner Cup (Gross) at Burlington Country
Club. Mestre carded the day’s lone subpar
score: a 3-under 67.
“It wasn’t just my first win of the season,
but also my first career Warner win,” said
Mestre, 60, of Berwyn, Pa. “Getting an early
start in a round, or in this case my season, is
something any golfer dreams about. I was sur-
prised with just how well I played that day.”
More points arrived courtesy of a runner-up
finish in the Chapman Cup (Gross) at Mo-
selem Springs Golf Club, thanks to a 1-over 71.
A run to the Brewer Cup presented by
Callaway Golf semifinals at Fieldstone Golf
Club, where he bowed out, 3&1, to the
home club’s Rand Mendez, added to the
“Rand made five birdies on the front nine
and played phenomenal to beat me,” said
Mestre. “I was able to battle back there on
the back nine, which was a big takeaway from
the week, but eventually ran out of steam. It
was just another test for of my game.”
Another test Mestre endured was com-
peting with a heavy heart. One of Mestre’s
best friends and playing partners, Raymond
Thompson, died unexpectedly at age 67 in
November 2018. Loss turned into dedica-
tion and motivation.
“Sometimes you think about why, at this
age, we’re still out there competing. But then I
would think of Ray Thompson,” said Mestre.
“He was the hardest worker and the biggest
competitor who I got the privilege to play
alongside for many years, and that’s where
I learned how to compete at this level. You
could never mail it in or fake it against him.”
Finishing co-runner-up in the Senior Four-
Ball Stroke Play at Spring Ford Country Club
was an accomplishment he will especially
cherish. Mestre paired with Andy Thompson,
Ray’s older brother, to fire a 5-under 67. The
duo lost out on the title in a tiebreaker.
“I’d like to note that we actually finished
with the same score as the champions; we
just didn’t win the tiebreak,” said Mestre.
“Either way, it was a day I’ll never forget. We
were out there to have fun in the beginning.
We were out there to represent Ray, as I had
won it with him the previous two years.”
Thanks to a 3-under 68, Mestre medaled
in a U.S. Senior Amateur Qualifier held at
Lu Lu Country Club. He’d go on to miss
the cut in the Championship proper at Old
Chatham Golf Club in Durham, N.C., but
experiencing a USGA championship with his
family on-site “forged lifelong memories.”
Other notable finishes throughout the sea-
son included a tie-for-third finish in the Del-
aware State Golf Association Senior Amateur
at Back Creek Golf Club, plus an impressive
Top 10 placement in the 117th Joseph H.
Patterson Cup presented by Callaway Golf at
Applebrook Golf Club.
The Senior Amateur Championship at
Little Mill Country Club proved to be monumental for Mestre’s season-long aspirations.
A seventh-place finish looked good on paper,
but shines even brighter next to the Senior
Silver Cross Award that came in result of
it. Mestre finished with 292 strokes for the
Award – his first Silver Cross win.
“Winning the Silver Cross means you were
consistently good,” said Mestre. “Overbrook
has had a multitude of players win a Silver
Cross, so for me to continue that legacy and
add my name is very meaningful to me.”
“Having different roles — as both the
Association’s Vice President and a tourna-
ment player — has given me the chance to
appreciate GAP that much more. I see every
little detail that goes into each and every
event,” said Mestre.
Mestre’s playing perspective now includes
a hard-earned Player of the Year perspective.
“Because of those different perspectives,
winning an Award as prestigious as the
[Senior Player of the Year] means that much
more,” he said. – Dan Scofield
OVERBROOK GOLF CLUB ________________________
SENIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Oscar Mestre ended Chip Lutz’s nine-year Senior POY title reign.