U.S. Team selected for 2016 Concession Cup
Hole 1 at The Concession Golf Club<br>(Photo courtesy of The Concession)
Hole 1 at The Concession Golf Club
(Photo courtesy of The Concession)

BRADENTON, Fla. — Officials from The Concession Cup announced Monday 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.

Mid-Amateur Team
Scott Harvey, Mike McCoy, Joe Alfieri, Todd White, Pat Christovich, Tim Jackson, Sammy Schmitz, Nathan Smith

Senior Team
Doug Hanzel, Brady Exber, Bob Kearney, Jack Hall, Chip Lutz, Bryan Norton, Paul Simson, Pat Tallent, Jim Holtgrieve, Vinny Giles (captain)

"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 Concession 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.

ABOUT THE Concession Cup

Created by supporters of amateur golf, The Concession Cup is an event designed to celebrate the game through international competition while giving back to worthy causes. The event is a biennial team competition played between teams comprised of leading male Mid-Amateurs, Senior Amateurs and Super Senior Amateurs from the United States and Great Britain and Ireland.

The Concession Cup Committee will select the participating players through the following categories:
Six (6) Mid-Amateurs, age 25 to 54.
Six (6) Senior Amateurs, age 55 and older.
Two (2) Senior Amateurs, age 65 and older.

The competition is conducted over three days through the traditional team match-play formats of foursome, four-ball and singles. 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.

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