Vinny Giles (Playing Captain)
Giles's inspiring amateur golfing career boasts numerous victories, most notably the U.S. Amateur, British Amateur and U.S. Senior Amateur. The Virginia native was a three-time All-American golfer for the University of Georgia from 1962 to 1966. He impressively finished second at the U.S. Amateur three straight years from 1967 to 1969 before capturing victory in 1972. He claimed the British Amateur title three years later in 1975 and won the U.S. Senior Amateur in 2009. Giles played on four Walker Cup teams between 1969 and 1975, winning three times before captaining the 1993 squad to victory. Giles played in 11 professional majors, including the Masters Tournament and U.S. Open Championship where he was low amateur in 1968 (T22) and 1973 (17th) respectively. He has also finished as the low amateur in three U.S. Senior Open Championships (1993, 1996 and 1997). Giles was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1976 and the Southern Golf Association Hall of Fame in 1984. Off the links Giles, now 71, is one of the pioneers of the golf agent business. He graduated from the University of Virginia Law School in 1969 and has represented some of golf's elite players throughout his career, including Davis Love III, Lanny Wadkins, Justin Leonard, Ernie Els, Beth Daniel and Meg Mallon.
"I am honored to serve as the US captain for the inaugural Concession Cup," said Giles. "The spirit of international amateur competition has been, and continues to be, near and dear to my heart. This event was inspired by that spirit which makes it a perfect fit for me. I hope that the experience I have gained throughout my career as both a competitor and captain will serve our team well."
Garth McGimpsey (Playing Captain)
McGimpsey, 59, brings a wealth of competitive golf experience to the GB&I team. He is one of Northern Ireland's most decorated amateur golfers. His outstanding career includes winning the 1985 British Amateur Championship and 1986 Eisenhower Trophy. McGimpsey has also represented Great Britain and Ireland in five Walker Cup competitions, three as a player -- including 1989 when Great Britain and Ireland recorded an historic first victory on U.S. soil – and two as a captain in 2003 and 2005. In 2003, McGimpsey, one of the most respected men in amateur golf, was awarded the Order of the British Empire in recognition for his services to the game.
"It will be a great thrill to captain team GB&I," said McGimpsey. "I'm excited to get to know my squad and looking forward to the challenge of also competing as a player in the Senior Category. Plus, knowing that the Concession Cup is focused on giving back to charity makes my participation all the more rewarding."