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End of the golf season must mean it’s time for the Golfer’s Guide “unofficial” Player of the Year Awards. Competition in all categories was fierce, and no more so than in the junior ranks. The race was so tight, I’m going to call it a draw, between 1 year old 2005-06 junior player of the year Rob Galbreath, Jr. from Philmont, and 17 year old Rob Robertson from Sunnybrook. Galbreath Jr. continues to raise the level of his game each year.

In a stretch of 10 days in June, Rob won his 3rd GAP Junior title, the first to achieve this since 1916 (shooting 10 under par in 5 rounds), then he shot 71-68(-5) to win the PA State Junior title, followed the next day by a 70(-2) to qualify for the GAP Open. Rob Robertson was steady and strong for the entire year, with a victory in the GAP Jock MacKeznie. He was runner-up to Galbreath in the Juniors, 4th at the GAP Open and 8th at the Patterson Cup. Honorable mention goes to Russell Hartung from Doylestown, winner of the GAP Christman Cup, the coveted Harry Hammond Award, and qualified for his first USGA Junior.

The arrival of “Baby Boomers” to the senior 55+ ranks has brought an exponential growth in size and quality of tournament fields. But senior Player of the Year contest was NO contest. Ray Thompson of Overbrook has totally dominated, winning every GAP major including the Senior Championship, Warner Cup, Chapman Cup and whatever cup they gave out at the PA. State Senior Amateur at Lehigh. Ray was under par in every round including an impressive 66-68(6) at Lehigh to defeat defending champ and Golfweek's #1 ranked national senior leader Paul Schlacter. Honorable mention goes to Huntingdon Valley’s Dave Brookreson, Saucon Valley’s Tom Bartolacci and Pine Valley’s O.Gordon Brewer, winners of local senior events, and qualifiers for the USGA Senior Am.

The region’s top amateur prize looks like it’ll go to Michael McDermott of Merion, winner of GAP’s Patterson Cup and Silver Cross. October’s USGA Mid Am could change that, if ‘07 GAP Mid Am winner Chip Lutz or consistent Chris Gallagher can win the national title. In the Women’s GAP, congrats go to Laura Ladden of Whitford, winner of her 7th WGAP Amateur. She’ll also play at the USGA Women’s Mid Am next month.


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