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Team Europe widens lead over Team USA in Concession Cup
17 Nov 2022
by Sean Melia of AmateurGolf.com

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Matthew McClean (USGA)
Matthew McClean (USGA)

After a solid start to the Concession Cup on day one for Team Europe, the home squad turned in a dominating performance on day two at Real Club Valderama in Spain to grow their lead from two points to a staggering five points.

Day 2 consisted of six foursomes matches. The alternate shot format proved beneficial for the Europeans, as they won four matches on the way to racking up a 4.5 of the six points available.

Caolan Rafferty and Gregoire Schoeb put in the most impressive performance, defeating the U.S team of Joe Deraney and Brad Nurski 6&5. The European duo has won both their matches, as they also dispatched Tug Maude and https://www.amateurgolf.com/Players/51599/Matthew-Mattare 4&2 in day 1 four-ball.

The lone bright spot for the U.S. team was a 2&1 victory by Mike McCoy and Rusty Strawn over Mattias Pernheden and Martin Birkolz. The senior duo ran out to a 4-up lead after seven holes and never looks back.

Matthew Mattare and Evan Beck earned a half point for the U.S.A. However, they let a victory slip through their fingers. They had a 2-up lead on the 17th hole and lost the final two holes against Moises Cobo and Leon Breimer.

Team Europe will head into the third and final day with an 8.5-3.5 lead. The match is still anyone's to win, however, Team Europe boasts the U.S. Mid-Am champion, Matthew McClean and the U.S. Senior Am giant slayer, Stephen Jensen. Jensen reached the quarterfinals at Kittansett and defeated Mike McCoy and Gene Elliott in a single day. All twelve players will compete in singles matches, meaning half the available points of the competition are still up for grabs.

Singles matches:

Doug Hanzel (Team U.S.A) v. Stephen Jensen (Team Europe)

Even Beck v. Matthew McClean

Rusty Strawn v. Martin Birkolz

Tug Maude v. Caolan Rafferty

Mike McCoy v. Rupert Kellock

Joe Deraney v. Hugh Foley

Bob Royak v. Jody Fanagan

Scott Turner v. Gregoire Schoeb

Matthew Sughrue v. Mattias Pernheden

Brad Nurski v. Leon Breimer

Robert Funk v. Trevor Foster

Matthew Mattare v. Moises Cobo


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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 Europe.

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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