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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.

May 3, 2014

DAY 3 - United States Wins Inaugural Concession Cup

United States 21 1/4
Great Britain & Ireland 14 1/2

Bradenton, FL – Team GB&I played the U.S. squad to a near draw during Saturday’s singles matches. Ultimately they fell short losing 9 ½ to 8 ½ after standout performances by Paul Simson and Nathan Smith from the U.S. Simon defeated Andrew Stracey 8&7 without losing a hole, while Smith took down James Bunch 7&6, only giving up one hole to his GB&I opponent. Day 3 of The Concession Cup was also marked by a 5 hour and 20 minute stoppage of play due to inclement weather at The Concession Golf Club.

Ultimately, the dominate performance by the U.S. Team during the Fourball matches on Friday proved to be the difference in the inaugural Concession Cup. The GB&I team fell behind by, what proved to be a critical 6 points on Day 2 and were not able to recover as the U.S. took possession of the Bonallack Campbell trophy with a total score of 21 ½ to 14 ½.

DAY 3 Singles – Individual Match Summary

Matches 1 thru 9 started on Hole No. 1

  • MATCH 1 – JIM HOLTGRIEVE (U.S.) vs. IAN HUTCHEON (GB&I) finished ALL SQUARE
  • MATCH 2 – ROBERT LEWIS (U.S.) defeats PETER HEDGES (GB&I) 5&4
  • MATCH 3 – BEN WESTGATE (GB&I) defeats TIM JACKSON (U.S.) 2&1
  • MATCH 4 – MIKE MCCOY (U.S.) defeats EDWARD RICHARDSON (GB&I) 6&4
  • MATCH 5 – CHIP LUTZ (U.S.) defeats RICHARD LATHAM (GB&I) 3&2
  • MATCH 6 – ARTHUR PIERSE (GB&I) defeats JOHN GRACE (U.S.) 2&1
  • MATCH 7 – TRIP KUEHNE (U.S.) defeats EOGHAN O'CONNELL (GB&I) 3&1
  • MATCH 8 – VINNY GILES (U.S.) vs. ADRIAN MORROW (GB&I) finished ALL SQUARE
  • MATCH 9 – GENE ELLIOTT (U.S.) vs. MARTIN YOUNG (GB&I) finished ALL SQUARE

Matches 10 thru 18 started on Hole No. 10

  • MATCH 10 – MAURICE KELLY (GB&I) defeats PAT TALLENT (U.S.) 1UP
  • MATCH 11 – HARRY DIAMOND (GB&I) defeats SCOTT HARVEY (U.S.) 6&5
  • MATCH 12 – GARTH MCGIMPSEY (GB&I) defeats MARTIN WEST III (U.S.) 3&2
  • MATCH 13 – TODD WHITE (U.S.) defeats ROBBIE CANNON (GB&I) 2&1
  • MATCH 14 – PAUL SIMSON (U.S.) defeats ANDREW STRACEY (GB&I) 8&7
  • MATCH 15 – MATTHEW CLARK (GB&I) defeats PATRICK CHRISTOVICH (U.S.) 1UP
  • MATCH 16 – RICHARD PARTRIDGE (GB&I) defeats GEORGE ZAHRINGER (U.S.) 2&1
  • MATCH 17 – NATHAN SMITH (U.S.) defeats JAMES BUNCH (GB&I) 7&6
  • MATCH 18 – DOUG HANZEL (U.S.) defeats IAN BROTHERSTON (GB&I) 5&4



May 2, 2014

DAY 2 RECAP – FOURBALL

Pairings for Day 3 Singles Matches Announced

United States 12
Great Britain & Ireland 6

Bradenton, FL – OThe Fourball matches featured on Day 2 of The Concession Cup were dominated by the U.S. team. Vinny Giles's U.S. squad now takes a commanding lead into Saturday's singles matches at The Concession Golf Club after winning seven of the nine matches played on Friday. The U.S. team now leads the GB&I team 12 to 6.

Individual Match Summary

  • Match 1 White/Smith (U.S.) won 2&1 over Diamond/Cannon (GB&I)
  • Match 2 Jackson/Harvey (U.S.) won 3&2 over Westgate/Young (GB&I)
  • Match 3 Richardson/O'Connell (GB&I) won 2&1 over Christovich/Kuehne (U.S.)
  • Match 4 Grace/West (U.S.) won 2&1 over McGimpsey/Pierse (GB&I)
  • Match 5 Zahringer/Giles (U.S.) won 5&4 over Morrow/Stracey (GB&I)
  • Match 6 Lutz/Tallent (U.S.) won 3&1 over Partridge/Brotherston (GB&I)
  • Match 7 Holtgrieve/Lewis (U.S.) won 2&1 over Hedges/Hutcheon (GB&I)
  • Match 8 McCoy/Elliott (U.S.) won 1 UP over Bunch/Clark (GB&I)
  • Match 9 Hanzel/Simson (U.S.) finished ALL SQUARE against Kelly/Latham (GB&I)

Day 3 Singles Match Pairings

NO. 1 TEE
MATCH 1 8:30AM JIM HOLTGRIEVE vs. IAN HUTCHEON
MATCH 2 8:39AM ROBERT LEWIS vs. PETER HEDGES
MATCH 3 8:48AM TIM JACKSON vs. BEN WESTGATE
MATCH 4 8:57AM MIKE MCCOY vs. EDWARD RICHARDSON
MATCH 5 9:06AM CHIP LUTZ vs. RICHARD LATHAM
MATCH 6 9:15AM JOHN GRACE vs. ARTHUR PIERSE
MATCH 7 9:24AM TRIP KUEHNE vs. EOGHAN O'CONNELL
MATCH 8 9:33AM VINNY GILES (Capt) vs. ADRIAN MORROW
MATCH 9 9:42AM GENE ELLIOTT vs. MARTIN YOUNG

 

NO. 10 TEE
MATCH 10 8:30AM PAT TALLENT vs. MAURISE KELLY
MATCH 11 8:39AM SCOTT HARVEY vs. HARRY DIAMOND
MATCH 12 8:48AM MARTIN WEST III vs. GARTH MCGIMPSEY (Capt)
MATCH 13 8:57AM TODD WHITE vs. ROBBIE CANNON
MATCH 14 9:06AM PAUL SIMSON vs. ANDREW STRACEY
MATCH 15 9:15AM PATRICK CHRISTOVICH vs. MATTHEW CLARK
MATCH 16 9:24AM GEORGE ZAHRINGER vs. RICHARD PARTRIDGE
MATCH 17 9:33AM NATHAN SMITH vs. JAMES BUNCH
MATCH 18 9:42AM DOUG HANZEL vs. IAN BROTHERSTON



May 1, 2014

DAY 1 RECAP – FOURSOMES

United States 4 1/2
Great Britain & Ireland 4 1/2

Bradenton, FL – Day 1 of the inaugural Concession Cup began with the U.S. team of Mike McCoy and Chip Lutz earning the first official point in Concession Cup history with a 5&3 win over Richard Partridge and Martin Young. McCoy and Lutz closed out the match on Hole No. 15 after posting winning scores on the last five holes of their contest.

The final match of the day saw Super Seniors, Jim Holtgrieve and Robert Lewis from the U.S team take a commanding lead winning five of the first seven holes. However, their Super Senior counterparts from team GB&I, Peter Hedges and Ian Hutcheon turned the tables on the 8th hole, winning the next eight holes in a row to win the match 4&3.

Individual Match Summary

  • Match 1 Lutz/McCoy (U.S.) won 5&3 over Partridge/Young (GB&I)
  • Match 2 Hanzel/White (U.S.) All Square against Pierce/O'Connell (GB&I)
  • Match 3 McGimpsey/Westgate (GB&I) won 1 up over Grace/Elliot (U.S.)
  • Match 4 Morrow/Cannon (GB&I) won 5&3 over Giles/Kuehne (U.S.)
  • Match 5 West/Christovich (U.S.) won 3&2 over Latham/Diamond (GB&I)
  • Match 6 Zahringer/Smith (U.S.) won 5&3 over Brotherston/Clark (GB&I)
  • Match 7 Kelly/Bunch (GB&I) won 5&3 over Tallent/Jackson (U.S.)
  • Match 8 Simon/Harvey (U.S.) won 2&1 over Stracey/Richardson (GB&I)
  • Match 9 Hedges/Hutcheon (GB&I) won 4&3 over Holtgrieve/Lewis (U.S.)



April 29, 2014

Opening Round Foursome Pairings Announced

Team uniforms supplied by official apparel provider Peter Millar

Bradenton, FL – Officials from The Concession Cup released today the pairings for the opening round of the inaugural, biennial event, scheduled for Thursday, May 1 at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla. The first matches will feature foursome competitions beginning at 9:30am. This exciting world-class event is free to the public to attend Thursday through Saturday's final round.

Below is a complete listing of Thursday's pairings, including start times.

Match Start-Time Team GB&I Players Division   Team U.S. Players Division
Opening Ceremony at 8:50am (located on the practice range)
1 9:30am Richard Partridge
Martin Young
Senior
Mid-Am
vs Chip Lutz
Mike McCoy
Senior
Mid-Am
2 9:42am Arthur Pierse
Eoghan O'Connell
Senior
Mid-Am
vs Dr. Doug Hanzel
Todd White
Senior
Mid-Am
3 9:54am Garth McGimpsey
Ben Westgate
Senior
Mid-Am
vs John Grace
Gene Elliott
Senior
Mid-Am
4 10:06am Adrian Morrow
Robbie Cannon
Senior
Mid-Am
vs Vinny Giles
Trip Kuehne
Senior
Mid-Am
5 10:18am Richard Latham
Harry Diamond
Senior
Mid-Am
vs Martin West III
Patrick Christovich
Senior
Mid-Am
6 10:30am Ian Brotherston
Matthew Clatk
Senior
Mid-Am
vs George Zahringer
Nathan Smith
Senior
Mid-Am
7 10:42am Maurise Kelly
James Bunch
Senior
Mid-Am
vs Pat Tallent
Tim Jackson
Senior
Mid-Am
8 10:54am Andrew Stracey
Edward Richardson
Senior
Mid-Am
vs Paul Simson
Scott Harvey
Senior
Mid-Am
9 11:06am Peter Hedges
Ian Hutcheon
Super Senior
Super Senior
vs Jim Holtgrieve
Robert Lewis
Super Senior
Super Senior

In other tournament news, when the competitors tee it up on Thursday they will be wearing team uniforms supplied by Peter Millar, the official apparel choice of The Concession Cup. Peter Millar will also be outfitting volunteers and staff during the first playing of The Concession Cup.

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 through Sunday. For general tournament information please call (614) 764-GOLF or visit www.concessioncup.com.

THURSDAY, MAY 1 FRIDAY, MAY 2 SATURDAY, MAY 3
(Foursome Matches) (Fourball Matches) (Singles Matches)
Opening Ceremony - 8:50am
(located on the practice range)
   
Match 1 – 9:30am Match 1 – 9:00am Match 1 – 8:00am
Match 2 – 9:42am Match 2 – 9:15am Match 2 – 8:10am
Match 3 – 9:54am Match 3 – 9:30am Match 3 – 8:20am
Match 4 – 10:06am Match 4 – 9:45am Match 4 – 8:30am
Match 5 – 10:18am Match 5 – 10:00am Match 5 – 8:40am
Match 6 – 10:30am Match 6 – 10:15am Match 6 – 8:50am
Match 7 – 10:42am Match 7 – 10:30am Match 7 – 9:00am
Match 8 – 10:54am Match 8 – 10:45am Match 8 – 9:10am
Match 9 – 11:06am Match 9 – 11:00am Match 9 – 9:20am
    Match 10 – 9:30am
    Match 11 – 9:40am
    Match 12 – 9:50am
    Match 13 – 10:00am
    Match 14 – 10:10am
    Match 15 – 10:20am
    Match 16 – 10:30am
    Match 17 – 10:40am
    Match 18 – 10:50am
    Awards Ceremony following play

March 12, 2014

Honorary Chairman Paul Azinger to speak at Concession Cup Open House tonight

Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin headline inaugural Opening Celebration

Am/Am event provides unique opportunity to compete with some of the best amateurs in the world

Bradenton, FL – Officials from The Concession Cup announced today that Paul Azinger, the events honorary chairman, will be a special guest during a reception held tonight, March 12, at The Concession Golf Club in support of the upcoming Concession Cup, to be staged April 28 thru May 3, 2014.

"Creating an amateur team event that brings the best mid-am and senior golfers from the US and Great Britain & Ireland together is a great idea," said Azinger. "I know a number of these guys and there are some tremendous players – who have incredible amateur records – many have played in major championships and participated on Walker Cup teams. The competition is sure to be intense and the event being hosted at The Concession Golf Club is extremely appropriate, understanding that Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin co-designed the course."

In related news, Concession Cup Honorary Captains and World Golf Hall of Fame members, Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin will be the featured guests at the inaugural Opening Celebration on Tuesday, April 29, to be held at The Concession Golf Club. The evening will be special for all in attendance, highlighted by NBC Sports' Gary Koch acting as emcee and host, Azinger participating in his role as honorary chairman and a special conversation with Nicklaus and Jacklin. In addition, team members from both the United States (US) and Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) will be recognized through a team presentation. The night's event will benefit four worthy charities – The Nicklaus Children Health Care Foundation, Orphan's Heart, The First Tee of Tampa and The First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee. The Opening Celebration will be available for sponsors and supporters to attend.

The inaugural Concession Cup Am/Am tournament will be held on Wednesday, April 30. This special event will provide an opportunity for sponsor representatives and individual supporters to play alongside The Concession Cup competitors. The Am/Am offers golf enthusiasts a chance to play the tournament course with the players that will be making history.

"This is a great event for the community to support and attend," added Azinger. "I know 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 local charities to be involved and benefiting from the event's success makes it even more special. I am very close to Orphan's Heart and their good work and I know The First Tee's of Tampa Bay and Sarasota/Manatee are successful in supporting kids throughout the region."

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.

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-Am members (age 25 to 54), eight (8) Senior members (age 55 and older) and two (2) Super Senior members (age 65 and older).

For questions concerning sponsorship opportunities and general tournament information please, call (614) 764-GOLF or visit www.concessioncup.com.


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

MONDAY, APRIL 28
  • Arrivals
  • Practice Rounds

Competitors from both the US and the GB&I teams will arrive Monday, April 28th and will practice on the competition course, as a team, over Monday and Tuesday. The teams will utilize the practice rounds to become familiar with the course and their respective teammates.

TUESDAY, APRIL 29
  • Practice Rounds
  • The Concession Cup Opening Celebration

The evening of Tuesday, April 29th will be a special night for all in attendance. The Opening Celebration will be highlighted by NBC Sports' Koch acting as Emcee and Host, Azinger participating as Honorary Chairman and a special conversation with Nicklaus and Jacklin, 2013 Concession Cup Honorary Captains. In addition, team members from both the US and GBI will be recognized through a team presentation. And most important of all the evening event will benefit four worthy charities – Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation, Orphan's Heart, The First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee and The First Tee of Tampa. The evening will be available for sponsors and supporters to attend.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30
  • Concession Cup Am / Am

The Wednesday Am/Am will provide an opportunity for sponsor representatives and individual supports to play alongside the Concession Cup competitors. The event offers golf enthusiasts a chance to play the tournament course with the players that will be making history.

THURSDAY, MAY 1
  • Recognition Breakfast

Prior to the competition getting started, sponsors and supporters will be invited to participate in a hosted breakfast at The Concession Golf Club. The breakfast will provide guests the chance to learn more from Gary Koch and Paul Azinger about the game of golf, match play competition, the Concession Cup itself and 2 of the charities being recognized throughout the week – Orphan's Heart and The First Tee of Tampa.

Foursome Matches

The first day of the competition will feature 9 foursome matches. Eight (8) matches will feature teams consisting of one Mid Amateur paired with one Senior Amateur. One match will feature teams consisting of two Super Seniors.

FRIDAY, MAY 2
  • Fourball Matches

The 2nd day of competition will feature 9 fourball matches on Friday morning. 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.

SATURDAY, MAY 3
  • Singles Matches
  • Concession Cup Closing Ceremony

The 3rd 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.


February 24, 2014

Mid-Am and Super Senior players announced for United States and Great Britain & Ireland – teams are now set for inaugural event

Bradenton, FL – Officials from The Concession Cup announced today the selection of competitors for the two, eight-man Mid-Am (age 25 to 54) teams and the two, two-man Super Senior (age 65 and older) teams from the United States (US) and Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I). With today's announcement the teams are now set for the inaugural Concession Cup, to be held biennially at The Concession Golf Club, located in Bradenton, Fla., during the week of April 28th, 2014.

Vinny Giles and Garth McGimpsey, previously released, will serve as team captains for the United States (US) and Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) respectively. Together, Giles and McGimpsey bring more than 80 years of competitive experience to the amateur team match-play competition.

US TEAM

MID-AM

Gene Elliott (West Des Moines, IA)
  • Crump Cup champion (2013)
  • Two-time Coleman Invitational champion (2007 and 2009)
  • Member of the Iowa Golf Hall of Fame (2012 inductee)
  • Four-time Iowa Mid-Am champion
Scott Harvey (Greensboro, NC)
  • Three-time Carolinas Player of the Year (2011, 2012 and 2013)
  • Two-time Carolinas Mid-Am champion (2012 and 2013)
  • Four-time United States Amateur qualifying medalist
  • North Carolina Open champion (2011)
  • Carolinas Amateur champion (2011)
Tim Jackson (Germantown, TN)
  • Walker Cup team member (two-time)
  • Two-time United States Mid-Am champion(1992 and 2001)
  • Tennessee State Amateur champion (2012)
  • 2009 United States Senior Open – became first amateur to have the lead, or a share of it, after any round of a Senior Open. Set amateur record in First Round with a 66. Lead after 36 and went on to finish T11.
  • T5 finish in 2012 Northeast Amateur as the oldest player in the field
Trip Kuehne (Westlake, TX)
  • Walker Cup team member (1995, 2003 and 2007)
  • Ben Hogan Award winner (1995)
  • Member of NCAA Championship team – Oklahoma State (1995)
  • United States Amateur runner up (1994)
  • Two-time Masters participant (1995 and 2008)
  • Four-time U.S. Open participant (1996, 2003, 2005 and 2007)
Mike McCoy (West Des Moines, IA)
  • United States Mid-Am champion (2013)
  • 11-time Iowa Player of the Year
  • Two-time Trans-Mississippi champion (2000 and 2008)
Gary Nicklaus (Jupiter, FL)
  • Seven-time United States Amateur participant
  • Porter Cup champion (1991)
  • PGA TOUR member (2000 – 2002) Best finish second place at 2000 BellSouth Classic
  • Regained amateur status in 2007
  • Palm Beach Kennel Club County Amateur champion (2008)
Nathan Smith (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Walker Cup team member (2009, 2011 and 2013)
  • Four-time United States Mid-Am champion
  • Sunnehanna Amateur champion (2011)
  • The Spirit International team member – Medalist
Todd White (Spartanburg, SC)
  • Walker Cup team member (2013)
  • United States Mid-Am semi-finalist
  • Three-time South Carolina Golf Association Player of the Year (2004, 2010 and 2012)
  • U.S. Open participant (1995)

SENIOR

Previously released US Senior Team members
  • Vinny Giles (Playing Captain)
  • Dr. Doug Hanzel
  • Chip Lutz
  • John "Spider" Miller
  • Pat Tallent
  • Paul Simson
  • Martin West
  • George Zahringer

SUPER SENIOR

Jim Holtgrieve
  • Walker Cup team (1979, 1981, 1983)
  • Walker Cup captain (2011 and 2013)
  • Eisenhower Trophy team (1980 and 1982)
  • United States Mid-Am champion (1981 [inaugural event])
  • British Amateur runner-up (1983)
  • Turned professional and played on Champions Tour beginning in 1998 (best finish was T2 at The Home Depot Invitational 1999)
  • Regained amateur status in 2007
Robert Lewis (Pepper Pike, OH)
  • United States Amateur runner-up (1980)
  • Two-time United Stated Mid-Am runner-up (1981 and 1984)
  • Walker Cup team member (1981, 1983, 1985, 1987)
  • Two-time Walker Cup Captain (2003 and 2005)
  • Seven-time Masters Tournament participant – low amateur in 1987
  • Three-time U.S. Open participant (1978, 1983 and 1986)
  • Two-time Senior Division Coleman Cup champion (2003 and 2005)

GB&I TEAM

MID-AM

James Bunch (St Andrews, Scotland)
  • Mid-Am Stroke Play Championship of Scotland champion (2012)
Matthew Clark (Kilmacolm)
  • Scottish Mid-Amateur at Duddingston champion (2007)
  • SGU Order of Merit Newlands Trophy (2012)
Robbie Cannon
  • Irish Amateur Open Championship champion (2013)
Harry Diamond (Belfast, Ireland)
  • West of Ireland Amateur Open champion (2012)
  • The Spirit International team Ireland member (2011)
Eoghan O'Connell (Cork, Ireland)
  • Walker Cup team member (1989)
  • Eisenhower Trophy World Amateur team (1988)
  • United States Amateur Medalist (1989)
  • Two-time Coleman Invitational at Seminole champion (2005 and 2006)
Edward Richardson (Brighton, England)
  • Hong Kong Open Amateur Championship champion (2012)
Ben Westgate (Llandaff, Cardiff, UK)
  • Walker Cup team member (2008 and 2009)
  • Eisenhower Trophy team member (2008 and 2012)
  • Two-time Duncan Putter champion (2009 and 2012)
  • Two-time Trubshaw Cup champion (2008 and 2009)
  • Welsh Amateur champion (2008)
  • Tucker Trophy champion (2008)
Martin Young
  • Two-time Micklem Cup winner (2011 and 2013)
  • Two-time Solent Salver winner (2011 and 2013)
  • Three-time Hampshire Mid-Am winner (2011, 2012 and 2013)
  • Mid-Am Tour Order of Merit winner (2012)

SENIOR

Richard Latham (Lincolnshire)
  • English Men's Senior Championship champion (2013)
  • Scottish Seniors Open champion (2013)
  • Winner of the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Seniors Order of Merit (2013)
Richard Partridge (Kent)
  • Scottish Seniors Open runner-up (2013)
  • Senior Home Internationals team (2013)
  • English Seniors' County Championship team (2013)
Previously released GB&I Senior Team members
  • Garth McGimpsey (Playing Captain)
  • Ian Brotherston
  • Maurise Kelly
  • Adrian Morrow
  • Arthur Pierse
  • Andrew Stracey

SUPER SENIOR

Peter Hedges (Kent)
  • Walker Cup team member (1973 and 1975)
  • Eisenhower Trophy team (1974)
  • English Stroke Play Championship champion (1976)
  • Three-time Berkshire Trophy winner (1973, 1976 and 1978)
Ian Hutcheon (Angus, Scotland)
  • Scottish Amateur champion (1973)
  • Scottish Open Amateur Stroke-play champion (1971, 1973 and 1977)
  • Eisenhower Trophy team member and individual winner (1976)
  • Walker Cup team member (1975, 1977, 1979, 1981)

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-Am members (age 25 to 54), eight (8) Senior members (age 55 and older) and two (2) Super Senior members (age 65 and older).

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 in the true spirit, character and competitiveness of amateur golf, all for the benefit of charity. In addition to the focus on amateur golf and worthwhile charities the event will feature a number of the greats in the game, who have come together through the Concession Cup in an effort to support the effort of giving back. Lending their names to the event and committed to attend the opening celebration are Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin (Honorary Captains), Paul Azinger (Honorary Chairman) and Gary Koch (Opening Celebration MC & Host).


December 2, 2013

Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin to serve as honorary captains of inaugural Concession Cup

2008 Ryder Cup Captain Paul Azinger selected as honorary chairman, with six-time PGA TOUR winner Gary Koch of NBC Sports hosting Opening Ceremony

Bradenton, FL – Concession Cup officials 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 serve as honorary captains for the United States and Great Britain/Ireland (GB&I) teams, respectively. The inaugural Concession Cup—a biennial amateur team match-play competition featuring teams consisting of leading Mid-Amateurs, Senior Amateurs and Super Senior Amateurs from the United States and GB&I — will be hosted at The Concession Golf Club, April 29 – May 3, 2014.

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 29, to be held at The Concession Golf Club, 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 two-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 the 45th anniversary of this iconic moment.

The Concession Golf Club's owners, the Cassidy Family—led by Bruce Cassidy and son Bruce Jr., the club's general manager—will open the doors to their club for a week that will pay homage to amateur golf and will also raise significant money for children's charities in their Southwest Florida backyard. The Concession Cup Opening Celebration will be a special night for all in attendance, giving attendees the opportunity to recognize the inaugural Concession Cup and be part of a platform to raise funds for three worthy charities: The First Tee of Tampa Bay, Orphan's Heart and the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation.

"I am delighted to be a part of The Concession Cup and to join my friend Tony Jacklin as an Honorary Captain," Nicklaus said. "I have always held a deep appreciation and respect for amateur golf, and the Cassidy Family shares that admiration for the amateur game. I've enjoyed a great relationship with the Cassidy Family and The Concession Golf Club, so I am very pleased to lend my support and join them in this terrific event. On behalf of my wife Barbara, we also want to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the Cassidy family and their extended family at The Concession for including our Foundation in their fundraising efforts."

"Jack and I obviously shared a special time at the 1969 Ryder Cup Matches, and to know that the spirit of that moment was part of the vision for The Concession Cup is very gratifying," said Jacklin. "When asked, I immediately accepted the chance to serve as the Honorary Captain for the GB&I team and I am already looking forward to the event next April."

Tournament officials also announced today that Concession Golf Club members, Paul Azinger and Gary Koch, will take prominent roles with the 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. Koch, the NBC Sports commentator and six-time winner on the PGA TOUR, will act as host and emcee of the Opening Celebration.

"We are thrilled to have the support of Jack, Tony, Paul and Gary for The Concession Cup," said Bruce Cassidy Jr., general manager The Concession Golf Club. "What a tremendous statement of strength it is to have these gentlemen agree to support our inaugural tournament. Their participation only increases our anticipation for what we know will be a tremendous event, as we celebrate the spirit of Amateur Golf."

More details for this unique event will be available in the coming weeks and months. The tentative schedule is as follows:

  • April 29th – Practice Round and Opening Celebration/Gala
  • April 30th – Charity Am/Am event
  • May 1st – Day 1 – 9 Foursome matches
  • May 2nd – Day 2 – 9 Fourball matches
  • May 3rd – Day 3 – 18 Singles matches and Closing Awards

November 12, 2013

Biennial Amateur Team Competition Announced

Mid-Am and Senior players from USA and Great Britain/Ireland

Generic placeholder imageDublin, OH – Officials from The Concession Golf Club and HNS Sports Group announced today the inaugural Concession Cup, a biennial amateur team match-play competition featuring Mid-Am, Senior and Super Senior competitors representing the United States and Great Britain/Ireland. The event will be hosted at The Concession Golf Club, located in Bradenton, Fla., during the week of April 28th, 2014.

The competition will be conducted 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-Am members (25 and older), eight (8) Senior members (up to age 65) and two (2) Super Senior members (65 and older). Team members will be selected by the Concession Cup Executive Committee and Captains in the first year of the competition based on current playing records as well as international competition experiences. It is the intent of the committee, which is comprised of representatives from The Concession Golf Club, HNS Sports Group and accomplished amateur golfers Alan Fadel and Adrian Morrow, to recognize players with accomplished competition resumes and who embrace the camaraderie and goodwill which the game embodies. Team members will be announced by December 15.

Generic placeholder imageThe contest will be staged in the image and likeness of other amateur team match-play competitions with the focus directed toward celebrating amateur golf and the spirit of international competition. In honor of two of the greatest amateur competitors in the history of the game, a trophy has been commissioned in the names of United States amateur, Bill Campbell and British Amateur, Sir Michael Bonallack – the Campbell/Bonallack trophy will be presented to the winning team at the conclusion of the matches.

"The Concession Golf Club is proud to assist in the development of the Concession Cup and to act as host to the inaugural 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. We are excited to bring this event to The Concession Golf Club and Bradenton, Fla. and are committed to establishing the event as a biennial tradition in amateur golf."

More details for this unique event will be available in the coming weeks and months. The tentative schedule is as follows:

  • April 29th – Practice Round and Opening Celebration/Gala
  • April 30th – Charity Am/Am event
  • May 1st – Day 1 – 9 Foursome matches
  • May 2nd – Day 2 – 9 Fourball matches
  • May 3rd – Day 3 – 18 Singles matches and Closing Awards

Press Releases

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

May 3, 2014


DAY 3 RECAP

United States Wins Inaugural Concession Cup

United States 21-1/2
Great Britain & Ireland 14-1/2

May 2, 2014


DAY 2 RECAP – FOURBALL

Results & Pairings for Day 3 Singles Matches

United States 12
Great Britain & Ireland 6

May 1, 2014


DAY 1 RECAP – FOURSOMES

The First Day of the Inaugural Concession Cup

United States 4 1/2
Great Britain & Ireland 4 1/2

April 29, 2014


Opening Round Foursome Pairings Announced

Officials from The Concession Cup released today the pairings for the opening round of the inaugural, biennial event, scheduled for Thursday, May 1 at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.

March 12, 2014


Honorary Chairman Paul Azinger to speak at Concession Cup Open House tonight

Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin headline inaugural Opening Celebration

Am/Am event provides unique opportunity to compete with some of the best amateurs in the world

February 24, 2014


Mid-Am and Super Senior players announced for United States and Great Britain & Ireland – teams are now set for inaugural event

December 2, 2013


Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin to serve as honorary captains of inaugural Concession Cup

November 12, 2013


Biennial Amateur
Team Competition
Announced