Team MGA finishes third at Williamson Cup Matches
PITTSBURGH, Pa. (August 8, 2017) -- Chris Gotterup of Little Silver, N.J., fired rounds of 72-66 to take the individual title at the 54th Williamson Cup on Tuesday, leading the MGA's team to a third-place finish at the Pittsburgh Field Club.
The junior competition between northeast golf associations is contested over 36 holes, with three of a team's four counting toward the overall score. Gotterup entered the afternoon in sixth place after his morning round of 1-over 72. In the afternoon, Gotterup--who fininshed tied eighth at this year's Ike and competed in the U.S. Junior Amateur--posted the day's low round. His 5-under 66 featured an eagle on the par-five 3rd hole, plus five birdies in a seven-hole stretch on the inward nine. This is the second straight year an MGA competitor has finished atop the leaderboard, as Jack Wall of Brielle, N.J., finished as co-medalist in 2016.
Will O'Neill of Morristown, N.J., this year's Met Junior runner-up, carded rounds of 78-72. Tyler Gerbavsits of Huntington, N.Y., posted a pair of 77s, while Ryan Rittberger of Huntington, N.Y. shot 79-83 to round out the MGA's scores.
Western Pennsylvania's team claimed the title with a team score of 1-under 425 over 36 holes. Golf Association of Philadelphia finished second (+10, 436) and the MGA third (+16, 442). The matches were hosted by Western Pennsylvania Golf Association.
The 54th A. Fred Williamson Cup Matches take place August 7 & 8 at the Pittsburgh Field Club in Pittsburgh, Pa. Representing the MGA is a team of four talented juniors - Chris Gotterup of Little Silver, N.J., Tyler Gerbavsits of Huntington, N.Y., Will O'Neill of Morristown, N.J., and Ryan Rittberger of Huntington, N.Y. This year's matches are hosted by the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association.
The Williamson Cup is a highly regarded junior event which pits 10 Northeast Golf Associations against each other in a 36 hole stroke play format. Four juniors represent each team and the best three scores from each round count toward each team's overall score.
It was established by Fred E. Williamson in 1964, in memory of his father, one of the original founders of Winged Foot Golf Club (where it was first held and won by the Washington Metropolitan Golf Association).
The MGA team, captained by the MGA Foundation's Lou Cutolo, has a strong history of winning the Williamson Cup - in recent years the MGA brought home the cup in 2015 when the event was contested at Saucon Valley Country Club. The MGA was also victorious in 2012 at Fieldstone Golf and country Club in Delware, and in 2011 at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Maryland.