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2013 Golf Association
of Philadelphia changes
The Golf Association of Philadelphia, in its continued efforts to provide Members with the opportunity to compete in the organization’s cham- pionships, will introduce weekend qualifiers to its tournament calendar for 2013. Additional tournament changes with respect to Junior eligibility and the creation of a new Senior Club Team Challenge event highlight adjustments to this year’s playing calendar.
For the first time in its 117 years, the Association will conduct qualifiers, one for both
the Middle-Amateur Championship and Amateur Championship, on respective Saturdays in April and May. The weekend Middle-Amateur Qualifier is set for April 13 at
Downingtown Country Club while the Amateur Qualifier is scheduled for May 18 at
Broad Run Golfer’s Club. The Mid.-Am. Qualifier will have set tee times. The Amateur
Qualifier will use a shotgun start. Additionally, the Association will continue to conduct
its normal two weekday qualifiers for both championships.
“We believe this gives those individuals who are unable to break away from their job
during the week an opportunity to compete and experience what the Golf Association of
Philadelphia is all about,” said Kirby Martin, the Association’s Director of Competitions.
In the Junior ranks, a change to the eligibility will allow a player who has not reached
his 19th birthday by midnight of the final day of a said tournament to compete. The
previous maximum age was 18. A Junior golfer, no matter the age, however, cannot be
an active college student.
“This gives those youngsters with an early calendar birthday an opportunity to remain
active in the Golf Association of Philadelphia Junior ranks while honing their skills all
summer competing in some of the area’s most prestigious Junior events,” said Chris
Roselle, the Tournament Director and Junior Coordinator.
The Association will launch a new competition, the Senior Club Team Challenge, for
golfers 55 years of age and older, in September. Tentative dates are for concurrent
Saturdays beginning in early September with the tentative format being an individual
gross match versus three other opponents. Visit the Golf Association of Philadelphia
Web site, www.gapgolf.org, as details unfold.
Additionally, in continuing the Association’s efforts to positively influence Pace of Play,
in events in which groups are in threes, tee times have been shortened to nine-minute
intervals. This will allow for greater field sizes in those respective events (see below).
Shortening the opening hole starting times also impacts the Association’s checkpoint
Pace of Play system, cutting that time from 15 to 14 minutes. Ultimately, this will allow
the Association to offer greater participation rate in a shortened time period.
Middle-Amateur Championship (144 new, 132 old)
Amateur Championship (144 new, 132 old)
Open Championship (78 new, 72 old)
Patterson Cup (144 new, 132 old)
Warner (Gross) (168 new, 156 old)
Chapman (Gross) (168 new, 156 old)
Marston Cup (156 new, 144 old)
Senior Amateur (168 new, 156 old)
Tournament of Champions (168 new, 156 old)
USGA Qualifiers (unchanged for 2013 due to information already being submitted)
Other notable tournament changes include:
• Adding a Super-Senior flight to the Senior Four-Ball Stroke Play tournament. Both team members
must be 65 years of age or older and will play from
a shorter set of tees.
• Recognizing select Metropolitan Golf Association
and Golf Canada events in the calculation of the
Golf Association of Philadelphia’s various Players of the Year.
• The opening of entries for all Member Play Days will be 9 a.m. on that day.
A change from the 12 a.m. opening time.
• Golf Association of Philadelphia logoed bibs being required for all competitors using a caddie in designated Championships.
• The Junior-Junior Boys’ Championship will condense its four eight-player
brackets into two 16-player match play grids. Also, on Day 1, in addition to
stroke play qualifying, those advancing to match play will now contest a first-round match.
• The format for the Deeg Sezna Four-Ball will be changing from an 18-hole
better-ball of partners to an 18-hole selective drive/alternate shot competition.
• The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) will award four-performance
stars to the winners of the Junior Boys’ Championship and Christman Cup.
Visit the Golf Association of Philadelphia Web site, www.gapgolf.org, for
additional tournament information.