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Historic Baltusrol Hosts Compher Cup; NJSGA falls to Golf Association of Philadelphia

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New Jersey State Golf Association Team Credits: Mike Moretti of NJSGA
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The Golf Association of Philadelphia Team Credits: Mike Moretti of NJSGA
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Baltusrol Golf Club Clubhouse Credits: Mike Moretti of NJSGA
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SPRINGFIELD, NJ - On the eve of the NFL Draft being held on the steps of the Art Museum in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia golf showed its love by defending its Compher Cup crown Wednesday beneath Baltusrol Mountain.

The Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) defeated the New Jersey State Golf Association (NJSGA), 13 1/2 - 4 1/2, to retain the 56th annual Compher Cup matches on the Lower Course at historic Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield.

Last year, GAP defeated NJSGA, 14-4, at Metedeconk National Golf Club in Jackson for its biggest win since a decisive 15 1/2 - 2 1/2 victory in 2000. The widest margin was 16-2 by GAP in 1982.

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The annual Compher Cup matches top amateur players representing the NJSGA against the GAP on 12-man teams.  All 12 players from each side square off in individual matches and simultaneously, in four-ball matches, for a total of 18 points at stake.

GAP leads the overall series, 37-13-5, dating back to the inaugural Compher Cup in 1962 with NJSGA winning, 11 ½ - 6 ½, at Hollywood Golf Club in Deal.  The 2005 event was canceled due to weather.

This was the third time in the series that Baltusrol has hosted the event, with the NJSGA winning the last in 1993, and GAP winning the first in 1981.

The last time the NJSGA won the Compher was in 2013, 10 1/2 - 7 1/2, at Galloway National Golf Club for its first victory since 2009. Both teams tied, 9-9, in 2015 at Bayonne Golf Club. The draw enabled GAP to retain the Cup, which it had won the previous year at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, 9 1/2 - 8 1/2.

This year’s NJSGA squad: Captain Jay Blumenfeld of Mountain Ridge, Jason Bataille of Metedeconk National, Michael Brown of Pennsauken, Nick Desai of Baltusrol, Brian Komline of Black Oak, Mike Stamberger of Spring Lake, Ron Vannelli of Forsgate, Steve Zychowski of Mendham, Mike Deo of Black Oak, Bob Duenskie of Bowling Green, Thomas Lee of Rockleigh and Jack Skirkanich of Rumson.

The Compher Matches are named for Frederic M. Compher, who donated a silver cup in 1959, leading to the start of competition in 1962 between the two associations.  Compher, a former NJSGA president, conceived the neighborhood matches after leaving his post in 1959.

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