Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia is the oldest regional golf association in the U.S. It conducts more than 65 tournaments and events each year for all age groups and skill levels. Here’s a look at the year’s best.
Player of the Year
A former Temple University standout (and Huntingdon Valley Country Club member) Mason, 23, won three major championships, advanced to the Amateur semifinals, placed second in the Silver Cross and qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship. His 1,005 points was the third-highest point total in the 22-year history of the POY award.
Junior Player of the Year
Trenton Country Club’s Erhardt, a freshman at Holy Ghost Prep, won the 61st Junior Championship at Hershey CC, The Jock MacKenzie Memorial and tied for third in the Christman Cup. He also medaled in the Junior Boys Championship Qualifier.
Senior Player of the Year
LedgeRock Golf Club’s Lutz earned his second straight Senior Player honor, becoming the third player to capture back-to-back titles. He totaled a record 1,035 points and won a pair of National Championships, in addition to a semifinal run at the U.S. Senior Amateur and leader board placing in numerous GAP and Senior Tournaments.
Super Senior Player of the Year
McClaskey captured three of the four Super-Senior Majors en route to his second straight Super Senior award. McClaskey, who plays out of Back Creek Golf Club, amassed 685 points during the season—245 more points than his nearest competitor. He captured the Francis B. Warner Cup at LuLu, The Brewer Cup at Bellwood Golf Club, and the Chapman Memorial at Little Mill Country Club.
Many thanks to the GAP’s Tony Regina for his contributions to this article. The 2012 GAP schedule of events can be found at gapgolf.org/event.asp?id=5 or on the GAP Facebook page.