I HAVE FOLLOWED THE STORY CLOSELY, and it’s been pretty painful. There have been nasty arguments laden with fake news. Quality people have had their judgment and impartiality called into question. It is even possible that bribery may have been involved. I’m referring, of course, to the selection of GAP’s ULTIMATE 18 holes, which is revealed in this issue. The 18 holes were identified by a team of Blue Ribbon panelists with superb golf qualifications who clearly
made egregious mistakes in their choices owing in part to their failure
to solicit my opinion. How, for example, could No. 1 at Irem have been
overlooked? This starting hole, when the leaves have turned, is probably
the most spectacular hole in all of GAP. Feeling tension over the opening
shot on No. 1 at Merion because you’re teeing off feet away from people having lunch? That’s nothing
compared to Irem, where you’re hitting your first shot over a heavily travelled road. Really frightening
when you’re having trouble getting your drives airborne (I’ve always wondered if you get a free drop
if your ball comes to rest on the passenger’s seat). How did they miss No. 11 at Whitemarsh Valley
or No. 10 at North Hills? I definitely have my ultimate 18 as I know you do. So let the debates begin.
Hopefully this issue and this debate will enliven the clubhouse during the chilly winter months.
There is no debate about our 2019 Champions, who are recognized in this issue. These outstanding
golfers treated GAP to another season of superb play and outstanding sportsmanship. It’s been rumored that two-time reigning BMW Philly Am. champion Jeremy Wall will leave his home in Brielle,
N.J. in late May in order to travel the 140 miles to Lancaster Country Club to defend in June. At the
Player’s Dinner in October, we were especially delighted to recognize Neil McDermott with GAP’s
Distinguished Service Award. Neil’s contributions to golf in GAP are unsurpassed, and his enthusiasm
for all things GAP is unwavering.
Finally, let me offer my five tips to surviving the winter between golf seasons:
1. Watch golf – I’m not necessarily talking about the TOUR. If you haven’t seen “Caddyshack” at least
10 times, then you have some catching up to do to be a true GAP golfer. For shorter videos there is
always Club Pro Guy, which is hugely irreverent and often inappropriate but very funny.
2. Go South – Visit some of the great and reasonable golf destinations in the Deep South. Nothing
makes the snowy months pass more quickly than a winter golf trip. Most importantly, remember to
get your club pro to ship your clubs to your golf destination. You haven’t been getting a lot of exercise
over the winter so lugging them yourself is inviting a hernia or nasty pulled muscle.
3. Read golf books – There are some fabulous books on the history of our wonderful game with
fabulous stories and amazingly little known anecdotes. For those like me who are literacy challenged,
there are super table top golf books with breathtaking pictures of some of golf’s greatest courses.
4. Play winter golf – Don’t be a sissy. You’ll sit in 30-degree weather for four hours to watch your
favorite football team crater in the final two minutes, but you won’t step on a golf course when the
temperature drops under 50? Remember, when there’s a layer of ice under the sod you get another
30-40 yards of bounce and roll!
5. J. Wood Platt – Your golf game isn’t going to get better over the winter, but you can make the future
of a deserving young woman or man much better by making a contribution to the J. Wood Platt
Caddie Scholarship Trust. You’re not paying guest fees or tons of bar bills from December to March.
How about directing that money to “Give Kids A Chance”?
Thanks for a great 2019 and we look forward to a better 2020. Thank you for your support of GAP.
GAP President T. Quinn Spitzer
T. Quinn Spitzer
Huntingdon Valley Country Club
Oscar L. Mestre
Overbrook Golf Club
Richard A. Ogorek
Fieldstone Golf Club
Kenneth A. Phillips
Lancaster Country Club
Jeffrey S. Henderson
Gulph Mills Golf Club
Daniel A. Dreisbach
Wilmington Country Club
C. Greg Guyer
Philadelphia Cricket Club
Edward P. Hutchinson
Tavistock Country Club
Michael H. Lewers
Aronimink Golf Club
P. Edward Lovelidge
Hidden Creek Golf Club
Saucon Valley Country Club
Michael B. McLelland
Chester Valley Golf Club
Glenn D. Meyer
Philmont Country Club
Noreen M. Mohler
Northampton Country Club
Jules J. Quinones
Blue Bell Country Club
Joseph F. Virdone
Philadelphia Country Club
Barry J. Westington
Country Club of Scranton
Tina S. Gregor
Huntingdon Valley Country Club
1974 Sproul Road, Suite 400
Broomall, PA 19008
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