Golf Association of Philadelphia Names Inaugural Hall of Fame Class

Founded in 1897 by members of the Aronimink Golf Club, Merion Cricket Club, Philadelphia Country Club and Philadelphia Cricket Club, The Golf Assocation of Philadelphia is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and one of the most reputable and storied organizations dedicated to the game of golf.

On Oct. 7 at the Association's annual Player's Diner at Torresdale-Frankford Country Club, the inaugural class will be inducted into the organization's Hall of Fame. The inductees are William Hyndman, III, J. Wood Platt and R. Jay Sigel. 

William Hyndman, III

Earned his first of three Golf Association of Philadelphia Amateur Championships in 1935 at the age of 19, making him the youngest winner of the event at the time. Some 48 years later, at the age of 67, he became the oldest person to win a USGA national championship. In between, Hyndman built an unbelievable amateur resume. He is a 10-time Patterson Cup winner, three-time amateur champion, two-time Philadelphia Open winner and six-time Silver Cross Award victor.

He was a U.S. Amateur Championship runner-up in 1955 and two-time U.S. Senior Amateur Champion (1973, 1983). The most amazing fact about Hyndman's accomplishments, though, is that he won 13 of those GAP titles (six Patterson Cups, three Silver Crosses, two Amateurs and two Philly Opens) and his two USGA championships after the age of 40. He would also play in nine Masters Tournaments starting in 1956 and be named to five Walker Cups beginning in 1957. Hyndman won a total of four Crump Cups, was a three-time British Amateur runner-up and two-time Sunnehanna Amateur Tournament of Champions winner.

J. Wood Platt

Platt was the first legendary figure of Philadelphia golf. He won seven Amateur Championship titles from 1920-42, seven Silver Cross Awards from 1922-1939 and four Patterson Cup (1926-41) trophies. He was the inaugural winner of the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship in 1955. Platt turned his focus to the administrative arm of golf in 1945 and became the only two-time president of the Association in 1952-53 and 1956. Also, Platt was instrumental in creating the charitable arm of the Association that bears his name, the Platt Caddie Scholarship, which continues to help young men and women continue their education to this day.

R. Jay Sigel

Is arguably the greatest male amateur golfer ever born and raised in the Philadelphia region and state of Pennsylvania. He holds the record for Golf Association of Philadelphia Open Championship victories with six and was a 19-time Major winner (including Silver Crosses). Nationally and internationally, Sigel dominated, winning five titles in a remarkable six-year span. From 1982-87, he took two U.S. Amateur Championships and three U.S. Mid-Amateur Championships. In fact, at the time, Sigel's 1983 U.S. Amateur victory made him only the 13th individual to win both the U.S. and British Amateur championships. He took the British Amateur in 1979.

He represented the United States on nine straight Walker Cup teams from 1977-93 and served as playing captain in 1983 and 1985. He represented the United States at the World Amateur Team Championship seven times, captured 11 Pennsylvania Golf Association Amateur Championships, was the low amateur in the 1980 British Open and is a nine-time Crump Cup Champion. 

About Golf Association of Philadelphia

The Association's 136 Member Clubs are spread across parts of four states - Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. GAP encompasses an area that roughly runs from Lancaster to Scranton to Bethlehem to Princeton to Cape May to Wilmington to Rising Sun and back to Lancaster.

Member Clubs include Pine Valley Golf Club , Huntingdon Valley Country Club, Merion Golf Club, Saucon Valley Country Club, The Golf Course at Glen Mills and Philadelphia Cricket Club.

The purpose of the association is simple: to preserve, protect and promote the game of golf. Every GAP activity is designed to do just that.



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