2017 Match Schedule
April 23 – Reading 1 (39) vs. Burlington 1 (15)
April 30 – Reading 1 (9) vs. North Hills 1 (45)
May 7 – Reading 1 (16) vs. Stone Harbor 1 (38)
RCC Wins it all in 1979
Reading Country Club has a long history of fielding teams in the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) interclub team matches and is the only Berks County club to capture the GAP team match championship, accomplishing the feat in 1979. The RCC team qualified for the GAP championship by swamping the Berkshire Country Club team, 61.5 – 11.5, on May 6, 1979. The win gave the Reading 1 team its sixth consecutive Division A sectional title.
Reading won the four-team championship match played on May 12, defeating the defending champion Huntingdon Valley team by a slim half-point margin, 80.75 – 80.25. RCC handed Huntingdon Valley only its second loss in the previous 14 years. Philmont Country Club was third with 66.5 points and Tavistock Country Club finished fourth at 55.75.
The RCC team included Hugh McCullough, Dick Hasson, Bruce Kline, Chip Lutz, Corky Lott, Dick Arms, Don Sowers, Fred Borchers, Ken Springer, Mike Heller, Jack Murphy and Al Ruffner. The team members won a combined 14 RCC club championships and Chip Lutz would go on the win the British Senior Amateur championship in 2011, 2012 and 2016 and the 2015 U.S.G.A. Senior Amateur Championship.
A Short History of the GAP Team Matches
The Golf Association of Philadelphia was founded in 1897 by members of Aronimink Golf Club, Merion Cricket Club, Philadelphia Country Club and Philadelphia Cricket Club. The Association’s 152 member clubs are spread across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
The first interclub match was played on October 15, 1896, between Philadelphia Cricket Club and Devon Golf Club. The GAP was formed as an association of local golf clubs to organize and administer these competitions.
A year later, the Association’s first year, the Interclub Team Matches were initiated. Charter member clubs Merion Cricket Club, the Belmont Golf Association (now Aronimink Golf Club), the Philadelphia Country Club and the Philadelphia Cricket Club were the first four teams involved.
In 1915, the competition become known as the Suburban League Matches. The matches were not played during World War II (1943, 1944 and 1945), or in 1994 when severe winter storms forced cancellation. In 1997, the name of the competition was changed to the GAP Team Matches.