AmateurGolf.com members have
all levels of the competitive game. One of the
things we enjoy most is hearing that a
has taken their game to the next level.
Patrick Christovich of New Orleans is the
latest to take it up a notch, by being invited
to replace Gary Nickaus on the USA
Concession Cup team next month at the
Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida.
Christovich is one of the
top Mid-Ams in the country, and was likely
a very short list of potential candidates to be
one of the two designated Mid-Ams on the
Walker Cup team in 2013.
"I was a Walker Cup longshot last
year," said Christovich, 35, in a phone
interview. "I played well early in the
season but not at the end."
Early this season, Christovich and
Tommy Brennan (a former U.S. Mid-Am
up) won the National Senior-Junior. The field
at the Dye Preserve in Florida included the
team of former Clemson standout John
and his partner Mike McCoy, the reigning US
Mid-Am champ. In March, he came in third
against a stacked college field at the Azalea
Amateur in South Carolina, and that likely
raised some eyebrows.
Those recent performances may have
gotten Christovich noticed, but his
game has been building over the past few
years both on the regional and national
He won four-straight Lousiana Mid-Am titles
2010-13, as well as the Birmingham
2012 and the Crane Cup in 2013. Now he
be teammates on a Vinny Giles-captained
representing the USA alongside Mid-Ams
McCoy, Nathan Smith, Trip Kuehne, Gene
Scott Harvey, Tim Jackson and Todd White.
you thing that list is impressive, check out
Senior and Super-Senior players.)
Christovich has played alongside most or
of these players, but when he got off the
phone with Captain Vinny Giles there was
"Never in my life did I think I would
get to be on a team with Jack Nicklaus as an
Yes, Jack Nicklaus will be honorary
of the USA team, while Tony Jacklin will
that capacity for the GB&I team. The club
and the event will commemorate
Nicklaus’ concession of a two-foot to
Britian’s Tony Jacklin in the 1969 Ryder
Cup, which ended the match in a first-ever
AmateurGolf.com will provide full
starting May 1. Read more about the 2014 USA Concession Cup team
ABOUT THE Concession Cup
Created by supporters of amateur golf, The
Concession Cup is an event designed to celebrate
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
The Concession Cup Committee will select the
participating players through the
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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