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April 23, 2016

UNITED STATES CAPS OFF DOMINENT PERFORMACE TO RETAIN CUP

United States 29
Great Britain & Ireland 7

For a third consecutive day the U.S. squad proved too much for team GB&I. Today’s final round of competition featured singles matches, in which the Americans boasted a 10-2-6 record (13-5) and cruised to an overwhelming victory in the 2016 Concession Cup. The U.S. retained the Bonallack Campbell trophy with a final margin of victory equaling 29-7 over their European opponents.

Tim Jackson scored the final point needed for the U.S. to secure the Cup by defeating Barry Hume 4&3. Nine of the 18 players for the U.S. team went undefeated during the three days of play: Team Captain Vinny Giles, Jim Holtgrieve, Tim Jackson, Scott Harvey, Patrick Christovich, Brady Exber, Doug Hanzel, Mike McCoy and Chip Lutz.

GB&I Captain Garth McGimpsey and teammate John Kemp posted the only singles match victories for their squad, winning 2-UP over Jack Hall and 3&1 over Nathan Smith respectively. The GB&I team of Ben Westgate and Mike Hearne recorded the lone victories for the Europeans during the first two days of competition, pairing up to win both their Foursomes and Fourball matches.

Day 3 - Singles Match Results

Match Start-Time   Division
1 9:00 A.M. Jim Holtgrieve (U.S.) | defeats | Maurice Kelly (GB&I) 2&1 Senior 65+
2 9:10 A.M. Vinny Giles (U.S.) | defeats | Nigel Duke (GB&I) 2&1 Senior 65+
3 9:20 A.M. Arthur Pierse (GB&I) vs. Pat Tallent (U.S) ALL SQUARE Senior
4 9:30 A.M. Tim Jackson (U.S.) | defeats | Barry Hume (GB&I) 4&3 Mid-Am
5 9:40 A.M. Ronnie Clark (GB&I) vs. Paul Simson (U.S.) ALL SQUARE Senior
6 9:50 A.M. Todd White (U.S.) | defeats | Ben Westgate (GB&I) 5&4 Mid-Am
7 10:00 A.M. Garth McGimpsey (GB&I) | defeats | Jack Hall (U.S.) 2 UP Senior
8 10:10 A.M. Matt Clark (GB&I) vs. Joe Alfieri (U.S.) ALL SQUARE Mid-Am
9 10:20 A.M. Stephen East (GB&I) vs. Bryan Norton (U.S.) ALL SQUARE Senior
10 10:30 A.M. Scott Harvey (U.S.) | defeats | Mike Hearne (GB&I) 3&1 Mid-Am
11 10:40 A.M. Adrian Morrow (GB&I) vs. Bob Kearney (U.S.) ALL SQUARE Senior
12 10:50 A.M. Patrick Christovich (U.S.) | defeats | Martin Young (GB&I) 3&2 Mid-Am
13 11:00 A.M. Brady Exber (U.S.) | defeats | Tom Cleary (GB&I) 7&5 Senior
14 11:10 A.M. John Kemp (GB&I) | defeats | Nathan Smith (U.S.) 3&1 Mid-Am
15 11:20 A.M. Doug Hanzel (U.S.) | defeats | Richard Partridge (GB&I) 7&6 Senior
16 11:30 A.M. Mike McCoy (U.S.) | defeats | James Bunch (GB&I) 7&5 Mid-Am
17 11:40 A.M. Chip Lutz (U.S.) | defeats | David Gardner (GB&I) 5&3 Senior
18 11:50 A.M. Pat Murray (GB&I) vs. Sammy Schmitz (U.S.) ALL SQUARE Mid-Am

*All matches start on Hole No. 1



April 22, 2016

DAY 2 Recap - Foursomes

Pairings for Day 3 Singles Matches Announced

United States 16
Great Britain & Ireland 2

Dominance by the U.S. squad was again the theme today at the 2016 Concession Cup. The change in format to fourball from foursomes yielded the same results, with the U.S. team equaling their number of victories from Day 1 of competition, winning 8 of 9 matches Friday.

The strategy of U.S. captain Vinny Giles to repeat his team pairings from Day 1 paid dividends. The tandem of Patrick Christovich and Tim Jackson set the tone for a second straight day with a resounding 6&4 victory over Great Britain & Ireland’s (GB&I) Pat Murray and John Kemp.

The GB&I team of Ben Westgate and Mike Hearne once again recorded the only victory for the Europeans. They defeated the U.S. pair of Sammy Schmitz and Joe Alfieri 2&1 with a birdie on Hole No. 16 to close out the match.

DAY 2 FOURBALL MATCH SUMMARY

MID-AM

  • MATCH 1 – Nathan Smith/Todd White (U.S.) win 2&1 over Barry Hume/Matt Clark (GB&I)
  • MATCH 2 – Ben Westgate/Mike Hearne (GB&I) win 2&1 over Sammy Schmitz/Joe Alfieri (U.S.)
  • MATCH 3 – Scott Harvey/Mike McCoy (U.S.) win 2 UP over Martin Young/James Bunch (GB&I)
  • MATCH 4 – Patrick Christovich/Tim Jackson (U.S.) win 6&4 over Pat Murray/John Kemp (GB&I)

Senior

  • MATCH 5 – Chip Lutz/Pat Tallent (U.S.) win 4&3 over Adrian Morrow/ Arthur Pierse (GB&I)
  • MATCH 6 – Bryan Norton/Bob Kearney (U.S.) win 2&1 over Garth McGimpsey/Ronnie Clark (GB&I)
  • MATCH 7 – Jack Hall/Doug Hanzel (U.S.) win 4&3 over Tom Cleary/Richard Partridge (GB&I)
  • MATCH 8 – Paul Simson/Brady Exber (U.S.) win 2&1 over David Gardner/ Stephen East (GB&I)

Super Senior (65+)

  • MATCH 9 – Vinny Giles/Jim Holtgrieve (U.S.) win 2&1 over Maurice Kelly/Nigel Duke (GB&I)

* For a complete scoring breakdown click here

Day 3 - Singles Match Pairings

Match Start-Time Team GB&I Players Division   Team U.S. Players Division
1 9:00 A.M. Maurice Kelly Senior 65+ vs Jim Holtgrieve Senior 65+
2 9:10 A.M. Nigel Duke Senior 65+ vs Vinny Giles Senior 65+
3 9:20 A.M. Arthur Pierse Senior vs Pat Tallent Senior
4 9:30 A.M. Barry Hume Mid-Am
vs Tim Jackson Mid-Am
5 9:40 A.M. Ronnie Clark Senior
vs Paul Simson Senior
6 9:50 A.M. Ben Westgate Mid-Am vs Todd White Mid-Am
7 10:00 A.M. Garth McGimpsey Senior
vs Jack Hall Senior
8 10:10 A.M. Matt Clark Mid-Am vs Joe Alfieri Mid-Am
9 10:20 A.M. Stephen East Senior vs Bryan Norton Senior
10 10:30 A.M. Mike Hearne Mid-Am vs Scott Harvey Mid-Am
11 10:40 A.M. Adrian Morrow Senior vs Bob Kearney Senior
12 10:50 A.M. Martin Young Mid-Am vs Patrick Christovich Mid-Am
13 11:00 A.M. Tom Cleary Senior vs Brady Exber Senior
14 11:10 A.M. John Kemp Mid-Am vs Nathan Smith Mid-Am
15 11:20 A.M. Richard Partridge Senior vs Doug Hanzel Senior
16 11:30 A.M. James Bunch Mid-Am vs Mike McCoy Mid-Am
17 11:40 A.M. David Gardner Senior vs Chip Lutz Senior
18 11:50 A.M. Pat Murray Mid-Am vs Sammy Schmitz Mid-Am

*All matches start on Hole No. 1



April 21, 2016

DAY 1 Recap - Foursomes

United States 8
Great Britain & Ireland 1

Day 1 of the 2016 Concession Cup began with the U.S. team of Patrick Christovich and Tim Jackson earning the first official point in this year's competition with a dominant 6&5 win over Great Britain & Ireland's (GB&I) Barry Hume and Matt Clark. Christovich and Jackson closed out the match on Hole No. 13 after starting the contest by winning six of the first seven holes.

The lone GB&I victory on the day went to the pair of Ben Westgate and Mike Hearne, who defeated Nathan Smith and Todd White from the U.S. 3&2. The match was all square headed to the 10th tee when Westgate and Hearne rallied to win the first four holes of the inward nine before closing out the Americans on No. 16.

The final match of the day saw Seniors, Paul Simson and Brady Exber from the U.S win a closely contested battle over GB&I team captain Garth McGimpsey and Ronnie Clark. Simson and Exber got off to a fast start, winning three of the first four holes, until McGimpsey and Clark fought back to one down with two to play. An errant tee shot from the GB&I team on the 17th hole ultimately ended the match 2&1.

DAY 1 Individual Match Summary

MID-AM

  • MATCH 1 – Mike McCoy/Scott Harvey (U.S.) win 5&3 over James Bunch/Pat Murray (GB&I)
  • MATCH 2 – Patrick Christovich/Tim Jackson (U.S.) win 6&5 over Barry Hume/Matt Clark (GB&I) 5&4
  • MATCH 3 – Joe Alfieri/Sammy Schmitz (U.S.) win 4&2 over John Kemp/Martin Young (GB&I)
  • MATCH 4 – Ben Westgate/Mike Hearne (GB&I) win 3&2 over Nathan Smith/Todd White (U.S.)

Senior

  • MATCH 5 – Doug Hanzel/Jack Hall (U.S.) win 3&2 over David Gardner/Richard Partridge (GB&I)
  • MATCH 6 – Bryan Norton/Bob Kearney (U.S.) win 1 UP over Adrian Morrow/Stephen East (GB&I)
  • MATCH 7 – Chip Lutz/Pat Tallent (U.S.) win 4&2 over Arthur Pierse/Tom Cleary (GB&I)
  • MATCH 8 – Paul Simson/Brady Exber (U.S.) win 2&1 over Garth McGimpsey/Ronnie Clark (GB&I)

Super Senior (65+)

  • MATCH 9 – Vinny Giles/Jim Holtgrieve (U.S.) win 5&3 over Nigel Duke/Maurice Kelly (GB&I)


* For a complete scoring breakdown click here



April 21, 2016

Charity takes center stage during Opening Celebration

Event raised $237,250 bringing two-year total to more than $414,000

Bradenton, FL – The Concession Cup hosted its Opening Celebration Tuesday night in advance of the second installment of the biennial amateur team match-play competition at The Concession Golf Club, located in Bradenton, Fla., April 21 – 23, 2016.

The evening was special for all in attendance, highlighted by an unforgettable conversation between the event's emcee and host, NBC Sports' Gary Koch, Honorary Chairman Paul Azinger, Honorary Captains Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin, and special guest Urban Meyer from The Ohio State University. In addition, team members from both the United States (US) and Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) were recognized through a team presentation.

The Opening Celebration was also designed to provide philanthropic support to six very deserving charities – The Nicklaus Children Health Care Foundation, Orphan's Heart, The First Tee of Tampa, The First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee, Rainbows and the Amateur Golf Alliance. To that end, this year's Celebration raised a record $237,250 on behalf of these worthy organizations. The 2016 amount equals the largest single-year donation in the Cup's history, and when combined with the inaugural event in 2014 has now generated more than $414,000 for charitable causes within the Bradenton / Tampa / St. Petersburg area.

The Concession Cup will deliver a world–class experience for its participants, sponsors, volunteers, attendees and members of The Concession Golf Club while showcasing top amateur golfers from around the world in the true spirit, character and competitiveness of amateur golf, all for the benefit of charity.

The Concession Cup is open to the public Thursday, April 21 through Saturday, April 23.


February 08, 2016

JACK NICKLAUS AND TONY JACKLIN RETURN AS HONORARY CAPTAINS OF 2016 CONCESSION CUP

2008 Ryder Cup Captain Paul Azinger to reprise role as honorary chairman

Bradenton, FL – The Amateur Golf Alliance (AGA) and Concession Cup proudly announced today that record-holding 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin, the most successful and celebrated British player of his generation, will reprise their roles and serve as honorary captains for the second installment of the biennial amateur team match-play competition.

The 2016 Concession Cup is April 19 – 23 at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida, the award-winning course and club that was inspired by one of sports’ most-heralded acts of sportsmanship. Known throughout history as “The Concession,” it was at the 1969 Ryder Cup when Nicklaus conceded a 2-foot putt to Jacklin in the final singles match that led to the first tie in the history of the matches. The Concession Cup was created to celebrate this iconic moment.

As part of Nicklaus’ and Jacklin’s roles as Honorary Captains, the World Golf Hall of Fame members will be featured guests at the event’s Opening Celebration on Tuesday, April 19. The Concession Cup Opening Celebration will be a special night for all in attendance, giving attendees the opportunity to recognize the Concession Cup and be part of a platform to raise funds for charity.

The Concession Cup was created to celebrate amateur golf through the staging of a goodwill match-play competition. The event was also created to provide financial benefit to various worthy charities within the Bradenton / Tampa / St. Petersburg area. The inaugural event in 2014 generated over $176,000 for three very deserving organizations: Orphan's Heart Foundation, The First Tee of Tampa Bay, The First Tee of Sarasota / Manatee and Nicklaus Children's Heath Care Foundation.

“I’m delighted to be a part of the second playing of the Concession Cup,” Nicklaus said. “The inaugural event was a tremendous success and I’m very pleased to once again join my good friend Tony Jacklin as an Honorary Captain. The inaugural event in 2014 helped shine a spotlight on amateur golf, which I’ve held a deep appreciation and respect for throughout my career, and raise funds for deserving charities. On behalf of my wife Barbara, we also want to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the Concession Cup for including the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation in the fundraising efforts of the first-playing of this very special event.”

“I’ve been eagerly anticipating the return of the Concession Cup since the final putt dropped in 2014,” Jacklin said. “What a wonderful event! The spirit of the 1969 Ryder Cup Matches truly permeated the grounds of The Concession Golf Club during the inaugural event as the U.S. Team catptured the Sir Michael Bonallack and William Campbell Trophy. I’m honored for the chance to again serve as the Honorary Captain for the GB&I team and look forward to welcoming the players, sponsors and fans to the Club this April.”

Tournament officials also announced today that Concession Golf Club member, Paul Azinger will take a prominent role with the 2016 Concession Cup. Azinger, the 1993 PGA Championship winner who captained the victorious 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup team, will serve as the event’s Honorary Chairman.

“This is a great event for the community to support and attend,” Azinger said. “The Tuesday evening Opening Celebration with Jack and Tony attending and the Wednesday Am/Am tournament are perfect ways to attend a special event and give back to the community. And for charities to be involved and benefiting from the event’s success makes it even more special. Not to mention the competition...

“I know a number of these guys and there are some tremendous players – all of whom have incredible amateur records. Many have played in major championships and participated on Walker Cup teams. It is a special privilege to serve as honorary chairman and I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to support the event and the Club.”

The Concession, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course designed in association with Tony Jacklin, is a nationally ranked course and club with ownership and a membership that has a history of celebrating competitive golf in its purest form. The Concession Cup is an extension of that passion.

“We’re thrilled to have the support of Jack, Tony, Paul and Gary for this year’s Concession Cup,” said Bruce Cassidy Jr., principal of The Concession Golf Club. “What a tremendous statement of strength it is to have these gentlemen agree to once again champion our tournament. Their participation increased the profile of what was a tremendously successful inaugural event, and I’m confident it will have the same effect this year as we celebrate the spirit of amateur golf, April 19-23 at The Concession.”

The Concession Cup will deliver a world-class experience for its participants, sponsors, volunteers, attendees and members of The Concession Golf Club while showcasing top amateur golfers from the U.S. and GB&I in the true spirit, character and competitiveness of amateur golf, all for the benefit of charity.

Players will compete over three days through the traditional team match-play formats of foursome, fourball and singles. Each team will be comprised of 18 players separated into three categories: eight (8) Mid-Amateur members (age 25 to 54); eight (8) Senior Amateur members, age 55 and older; and two (2) Senior Amateur members, age 65 and older.

For questions concerning sponsorship opportunities and general tournament information please, call (614) 764-GOLF.


December 07, 2015

GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND TEAM MEMBERS SELECTED FOR THE CONCESSION CUP 2016

Adjusted Schedule of Events

Bradenton, FL – Officials from The Concession Cup announced today the selection of the Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) team members for the second playing of the biennial amateur team match-play competition to be hosted at The Concession Golf Club, located in Bradenton, Fla., April 19 – 23, 2016.

The selection process for the GB&I team was lead by a special committee with consideration given to the Orders of Merit of the four relevant golfing unions in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Also taken into consideration were the European Team Championships, European Individual Championship, British Seniors Open and The Home Internationals. Additionally, the team includes four captain’s picks for both mid-amateur and senior-amateur categories, provided by returning GB&I team captain, Garth McGimpsey.

GB&I Team

Mid-Amateur Senior-Amateur Over 65
Colm Campbell (CP) Ronnie Clark (CP) Nigel Duke
Matthew Clark Tom Cleary Maurice Kelly
Martin Young Stephen East (CP)
Barry Hume David Gardner
Mike Hearne (CP) Garth McGimpsey* (CP)
John Kemp (CP) Adrian Morrow
Edward Richardson (CP) Richard Partridge
Ben Westgate Arthur Pierse (CP)
(CP) Denotes Captain’s Pick
* Denotes Playing Captian

For more information on the members of the 2016 GB&I Team and U.S. Concession Cup team please click here.

“The Concession Cup has quickly become a favorite event among our eligible amateurs and a genuine source of pride to be selected to the team,” said McGimpsey. “We have assembled a strong squad to represent Great Britain and Ireland in 2016 and are all eager to come together in the truest spirit of international competition and battle the U.S. for the Sir Michael Bonallack and William Campbell Trophy.”

The United States (U.S.) team was announced on November 16, 2015 with the selection process led by returning captain Vinny Giles and the Amateur Golf Alliance (AGA), a newly formed organization established to conduct The Concession Cup matches as well as other events in an effort to promote the amateur game at the highest level of competition. The U.S. team includes a combination of spots earned through the World Amateur Golf Ranking™ (WAGR™), as well as AGA selections, based on a list of criteria that includes results from top amateur tournaments and career performance and accomplishments. The four highest ranked U.S. mid-amateurs and senior-amateurs within the WAGR™ earned automatic spots on the team.  All automatic bids for the 2016 U.S. Concession Cup Team were determined on October 15, 2015.

U.S. Team

Mid-Amateur Senior-Amateur Over 65
Scott Harvey (1) Doug Hanzel (1) Vinny Giles (Captain)
Mike McCoy (2) Brady Exber (2) Jim Holtgrieve
Joe Alfieri (3) Bob Kearney (3)
Todd White (4) Jack Hall (4)
Patrick Christovich Chip Lutz
Tim Jackson Bryan Norton
Sammy Schmitz Paul Simson
Nathan Smith Pat Tallent
(#) Denotes automatic selection and World Amateur Golf Ranking
AGA selections listed in alphabetical order

For more information on the members of the 2016 GB&I Team and U.S. Concession Cup team please click here.

"We congratulate the men who earned their way onto their respective teams and look forward to hosting what is undeniably a world class field next April at The Concession Golf Club," said Bruce Cassidy Jr., principal of The Concession. "We are excited to build on the success of the inaugural event and committed to insuring The Concession Cup is a biennial tradition in amateur golf played in the spirit of match-play competition on which The Concession Golf Club was founded."

The Concession Cup will deliver a world–class experience for its participants, sponsors, volunteers, attendees and members of The Concession Golf Club while showcasing top amateur golfers from the U.S. and GB&I in the true spirit, character and competitiveness of amateur golf, all for the benefit of charity.

Players will compete over three days through the traditional team match-play formats of foursome, fourball and singles. Each team will be comprised of 18 players separated into three categories: eight (8) Mid-Amateur members (age 25 to 54), eight (8) Senior Amateur members age 55 and older and two (2) Senior Amateur members age 65 and older.

The U.S. Team won the inaugural Concession Cup title in 2014, capturing the Sir Michael Bonallack and William Campbell Trophy 21 ½ to 14 ½ over the GB&I Team.

For questions concerning sponsorship opportunities and general tournament information please, call (614) 764-GOLF.


November 13, 2015

UNITED STATES TEAM SET FOR THE CONCESSION CUP 2016

 

Bradenton, FL – Officials from The Concession Cup announced today the selection of the United States (U.S.) team for the second playing of the biennial amateur team match-play competition to be hosted at The Concession Golf Club, located in Bradenton, Fla., April 20 – 24, 2016.

The selection process for the U.S. Team was led by returning captain Vinny Giles and the Amateur Golf Alliance (AGA), a newly formed organization established to conduct The Concession Cup matches as well as other events in an effort to promote the amateur game at the highest level of competition. The U.S. Team includes a combination of spots earned through the World Amateur Golf Ranking™ (WAGR™), as well as AGA selections, based on a list of criteria that includes results from top amateur tournaments and career performance and accomplishments. The four highest ranked U.S. mid-amateurs and senior-amateurs within the WAGR™ earned automatic spots on the team.  All automatic bids for the 2016 U.S. Concession Cup Team were determined on October 15, 2015.

U.S. Team

Mid-Amateur Senior-Amateur Over 65
Scott Harvey (1) Doug Hanzel (1) Vinny Giles (Captain)
Mike McCoy (2) Brady Exber (2) Jim Holtgrieve
Joe Alfieri (3) Bob Kearney (3)
Todd White (4) Jack Hall (4)
Patrick Christovich Chip Lutz
Tim Jackson Bryan Norton
Sammy Schmitz Paul Simson
Nathan Smith Pat Tallent
(#) Denotes automatic selection and World Amateur Golf Ranking
AGA selections listed in alphabetical order

For more information on the members of the 2016 U.S. Concession Cup team please click here.

"The AGA is very proud of the accomplishments of the 2016 U.S. Concession Cup team members,” said the event’s founder Alan Fadel. “It is our hope that the commitment these amateurs put forth to represent their country and the amateur game serves to inspire the golf community in a way that shines a light on the Concesstion Cup and the game in general.”

“The large number of accomplished players makes the selection process very challenging,” said returning U.S. Captain, Vinny Giles. “We feel confident, however, that the 2016 U.S.team not only features the country's top mid and senior amateurs, it also features 18 true-amateur players that have dedicated years of time and energy to the game of golf. Our team is very excited about the 2016 matches and every member is proud to be representing the United States.”

The GB&I Team selection process began September 18th, at the conclusion of the 2015 Senior Home Internationals in England. The team will be chosen by a special committee and will include four captain’s picks for both mid-amateur and senior-amateur categories, which will be provided by returning GB&I Team captain, Garth McGimpsey.

The Concession Cup will deliver a world–class experience for its participants, sponsors, volunteers, attendees and members of The Concession Golf Club while showcasing top amateur golfers from the U.S. and GB&I in the true spirit, character and competitiveness of amateur golf, all for the benefit of charity.

Players will compete over three days through the traditional team match-play formats of foursome, fourball and singles. Each team will be comprised of 18 players separated into three categories: eight (8) Mid-Amateur members (age 25 to 54), eight (8) Senior Amateur members age 55 and older and two (2) Senior Amateur members age 65 and older.

The U.S. Team won the inaugural Concession Cup title in 2014, capturing the Sir Michael Bonallack and William Campbell Trophy 21 ½ to 14 ½ over the GB&I Team.

For questions concerning sponsorship opportunities and general tournament information please, call (614) 764-GOLF.


September 15, 2015

TEAM SELECTION PROCESS ANNOUNCED FOR THE CONCESSION CUP 2016

Schedule of events released for second playing of The Concession Cup

Bradenton, FL – Officials from The Concession Cup announced today the selection process for the second playing of the biennial amateur team match-play competition. The event, featuring Mid-Amateur and Senior-Amateur competitors representing the United States (U.S.) and Great Britain/Ireland (GB&I), will be hosted at The Concession Golf Club, located in Bradenton, Fla., April 20 – 24, 2016.

The selection process for the U.S. Team will be led by returning captain Vinny Giles and the Amateur Golf Alliance (AGA), a newly formed organization established to conduct The Concession Cup matches as well as other events in an effort to promote the amateur game at the highest level of competition. The U.S. Team will include a combination of spots earned through the World Amateur Golf Ranking™ (WAGR™), as well as AGA selections, based on a list of criteria that will include results from top amateur tournaments leading up to The Concession Cup, and career performance and accomplishments. The Concession Cup committee has identified eligible mid-amateurs and senior-amateurs and has ranked them in order based on their WAGR™ position. The four highest ranked mid-amateurs and senior-amateurs will earn automatic spots on the team. The Concession Cup website will display the these rankings of mid-amateurs and senior-amateurs to provide players a place to regularly verify their selection status for the U.S. Team. The rankings on the Concession Cup website will update every Thursday, in conjunction with the release of the WAGR™ standings each Wednesday. All automatic bids for the 2016 U.S. Concession Cup Team will be determined on October 15, 2015, with AGA picks selected on November 15, 2015.

"I'm excited to be a member of the newly formed Amateur Golf Alliance and look forward to continuing to build on the success of the inaugural Concession Cup," said the event's founder Alan Fadel. "Amateur golf is the lifeblood of the game and we all want to showcase that aspect of the sport. I'm passionate about the game and want to be part of a group that helps amateur golf regain its luster."

The GB&I Team selection process will begin September 18, at the conclusion of this year's Senior Home Internationals in England. The team will be chosen by a special committee and will include four captain's picks for both mid-amateur and senior-amateur categories, which will be provided by returning GB&I Team captain, Garth McGimpsey.

"The large number of accomplished amateur players in Great Britian and Ireland is sure to make our committee's job very challenging," said McGimpsey. "We're looking forward to selecting our 2016 team and feel confident that we'll field a roster that can win The Concession Cup and embody the spirit of international competition!"

The Concession Cup will deliver a world–class experience for its participants, sponsors, volunteers, attendees and members of The Concession Golf Club while showcasing top amateur golfers from the U.S. and GB&I in the true spirit, character and competitiveness of amateur golf, all for the benefit of charity.

Players will compete over three days through the traditional team match-play formats of foursome, fourball and singles. Each team will be comprised of 18 players separated into three categories: eight (8) Mid-Amateur members (age 25 to 54), eight (8) Senior Amateur members age 55 and older and two (2) Senior Amateur members age 65 and older.

The U.S. Team won the inaugural Concession Cup title in 2014, capturing the Sir Michael Bonallack and William Campbell Trophy 21 ½ to 14 ½ over the GB&I Team.

For questions concerning sponsorship opportunities and general tournament information please, call (614) 764-GOLF.


April 23, 2015

2016 DATES SET FOR SECOND PLAYING OF THE CONCESSION CUP

The Concession Golf Club to host biennial amateur team match-play competition.
Vinny Giles (United States) and Garth McGimpsey (Great Britian/Ireland) return as captains in 2016

Bradenton, FL – Officials from The Concession Cup announced today the dates for the second installment of the biennial amateur team match-play competition. The event, featuring Mid-Amateur and Senior-Amateur competitors representing the United States (U.S.) and Great Britain/Ireland (GB&I), will be hosted at The Concession Golf Club, located in Bradenton, Fla., April 20 – 24, 2016.

"The Concession Golf Club is proud to serve a key role in the continued development of The Concession Cup, and to once again act as host to this special team match-play competition," said Bruce Cassidy Jr., General Manager The Concession Golf Club. "Our heritage is built on the spirit of match-play competition – exemplified through the historic handshake between Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin at the 1969 Ryder Cup Matches at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England. The inaugural Concession Cup was an overwhelming success and we are excited to bring this event back to The Concession Golf Club and Bradenton, Fla. and are committed to establishing the event as a biennial tradition in amateur golf."

The Concession Cup will deliver a world–class experience for its participants, sponsors, volunteers, attendees and members of The Concession Golf Club while showcasing top amateur golfers from the U.S. and GB&I in the true spirit, character and competitiveness of amateur golf, all for the benefit of charity.

Players will compete over three days through the traditional team match-play formats of foursome, fourball and singles. Each team will be comprised of 18 players separated into three categories: eight (8) Mid-Amateur members (age 25 to 54), eight (8) Senior Amateur members age 55 and older and two (2) Senior Amateur members age 65 and older.

The selection process for the U.S. Team will include a combination of spots earned through World Amateur Golf Rankings, as well as captains selections, based on a list of criteria that will include results from top amateur tournaments leading up to The Concession Cup, and career performance and accomplishments. A similar selection process will be used to identify the GB&I Team participants. More details on the selection process for both teams will be released at a later date.

In related news, The Concession Cup announced today the return of Vinny Giles and Garth McGimpsey as team captains for the U.S. and GB&I respectively. Giles will lead the U.S. Team in defense of their 2014 Concession Cup title. While McGimpsey looks to bounce back after his GB&I squad lost the Sir Michael Bonallack and William Campbell Trophy 21 ½ to 14 ½ in the inaugural event.

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. He 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 72, 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'm honored to reprise my role as U.S. captain for the 2016 Concession Cup," said Giles. "The idea of representing your country just really resonates, and that's a message I kept hearing during the inaugural event, especially from the younger mid amateurs. There was an abundance of pride emanating from both teams in 2014 and I'm looking forward to being a part of that and experiencing the spirit of international amateur team competition again."

McGimpsey, 59, is one of Ireland's most decorated amateur golfers and brings a wealth of competitive golf experience to the GB&I team. Having represented his country over 200 times in golf tournaments, his outstanding career includes winning both the 1985 British Amateur Championship and the 1986 Eisenhower Trophy along with captaining the victorious GB&I team in the 2003 Walker Cup. McGimpsey has 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 return as captain for team GB&I," said McGimpsey. "Our group had an unbelievable experience in 2014. To play for your country and compete knowing the tradition and history that The Concession Cup commemorates is truly special."

2016 Concession Cup Schedule of Events

April 19 - 23, 2016


TUESDAY, APRIL 19

  • Practice Rounds
  • The Concession Cup Opening Celebration

The evening of Tuesday, April 19th will be a special night for all in attendance. The Opening Celebration will feature a number of special guests from the world of golf. In addition, team members from both the U.S. and GB&I will be recognized through a team presentation. The evening will be available for sponsors and supporters to attend and perhaps most importantly will benefit worthy charities.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20

  • The Concession Cup Am / Am

The Concession Cup Am/Am will provide an opportunity for sponsor representatives and individual supporters the chance to play the tournament course with the competitors from both the U.S. and GB&I teams.


THURSDAY, APRIL 21

  • The Concession Cup, Day 1 - Foursome Matches

The first day of the competition will feature nine (9) foursome matches. Four (4) matches will feature teams consisting of two (2) Mid Ams, four (4) matches will feature teams consisting of two (2) Senior Ams and one (1) match will feature teams consisting of two (2) Super Senior Ams.


FRIDAY, APRIL 22

  • The Concession Cup, Day 2 - Fourball Matches

The second day of competition is comprised of fourball matches. Four (4) of these matches will feature teams consisting of two (2) Mid Amateurs, four (4) will feature teams consisting of two (2) Senior Amateurs and one (1) match will feature teams consisting of two (2) Senior Amateurs (65+).


SATURDAY, APRIL 23

  • The Concession Cup, Day 3 - Singles Matches
  • Concession Cup Closing Ceremony

The third and final day of competition will feature 18 singles matches. The singles competition is comprised of one player from each team in match play competition. Immediately following play the closing ceremonies will be held at The Concession Golf Club.

For questions concerning sponsorship opportunities and general tournament information please, call (614) 764-GOLF.

About The Concession Golf Club

The Concession Golf Club was founded to commemorate the extraordinary gesture of sportsmanship that Jack Nicklaus made at the 1969 Ryder Cup at Royal Birkdale when he conceded a two-foot putt to Britain's Tony Jacklin to halve their match, which resulted in the first-ever tie in the history of the matches. The moment became known as "the concession."

The course is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course designed in association with Tony Jacklin. In 2015, The Concession Golf Club will be home to both the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Golf Championships.

The Concession Golf Club was voted by Golf Digest as the Best New Private Course in the United States in 2006, and currently is ranked by Golf Digest as the fourth best golf course in Florida.

About HNS Sports Group

HNS Sports Group is a Dublin, Ohio-based LLC founded in 2000. The company offers over 125-plus years of collective experience and is committed to providing professional, efficient and effective client representation in the categories of sponsorship consultation, event management, hospitality management, sales representation and tournament operation within the golf market. To learn more about HNS Sports Group, visit www.hnssports.com

About the Amateur Golf Alliance

The newly formed Amateur Golf Alliance was established to conduct the Concession Cup Matches as well as other events in an effort to promote the Amateur game at the highest level of competition. The alliance will confer w/the US captain in the selection of Concession Cup Captain’s picks. The Alliance board includes Bob Ford, Nathan Smith, Barry Van Gerbig, Jerry Tarde, Jack Vardaman, Bruce Cassidy Jr., Vinny Giles, Bill Argabrite, Rob Addington, Andrew Biggadike, Jim Nugent, J.J. Weaver and Alan Fadel.

Press Releases

April 23, 2016


DAY 3 Recap

UNITED STATES CAPS OFF DOMINENT PERFORMACE TO RETAIN CUP

United States 29
Great Britain & Ireland 7

April 22, 2016


DAY 2 Recap - Foursomes

United States 16
Great Britain & Ireland 2

Pairings for Day 3 Singles Matches Announced

April 21, 2016


DAY 1 Recap - Foursomes

United States 8
Great Britain & Ireland 1

April 21, 2016


Charity takes center stage during Opening Celebration

Event raised $237,250 bringing two-year total to more than $414,000

February 08, 2016


JACK NICKLAUS AND TONY JACKLIN RETURN AS HONORARY CAPTAINS OF 2016 CONCESSION CUP

2008 Ryder Cup Captain Paul Azinger to reprise role as honorary chairman

December 07, 2015


GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND TEAM MEMBERS SELECTED FOR THE CONCESSION CUP 2016

Officials from The Concession Cup announced today the selection of the Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) team members

November 13, 2015


UNITED STATES TEAM SET FOR THE CONCESSION CUP 2016

Officials from The Concession Cup announced today the selection of the United States (U.S.) team.

September 15, 2015


TEAM SELECTION PROCESS ANNOUNCED FOR THE CONCESSION CUP 2016

Schedule of events released for second playing of The Concession Cup

April 23, 2015


2016 DATES SET FOR SECOND PLAYING OF THE CONCESSION CUP

The Concession Golf Club to host biennial amateur team match-play competition