Rosters released for Team U.S. and Team Great Britain & Ireland; Bob Lewis (United States) and Peter McEvoy (Great Britian/Ireland) named captains
The Concession Golf Club to host biennial amateur team match-play competition
Bradenton, FL – The Amateur Golf Alliance (AGA) and Concession Cup announced today the dates for the third installment of the biennial amateur team match-play competition. The event, featuring Mid-Am and Senior-Am 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 16 – 21, 2018.
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 14 players separated into three categories: six (6) Mid-Am members (age 25 to 54), six (6) Senior members age 55 and older and two (2) Senior members age 65 and older.
The selection process for the U.S. Team was led by the AGA, an organization established to conduct The Concession Cup matches as well as other events and initiatives 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 three highest ranked U.S. mid-amateurs and senior-amateurs within the WAGR™ earned automatic spots on the team. All automatic bids for the 2018 U.S. Concession Cup Team were determined from the final 2017 WAGR™ranking.
The GB&I team was chosen in the customary way as adopted by Walker Cups and other amateur international matches. Teams are selected by a selection committee based on a list of criteria that includes performance in National and International events together with reference to the WAGR™.
In related news, the 2018 Concession Cup welcomes two new team captains to this year’s event. Bob Lewis will head up the U.S. Team with Peter McEvoy taking the reigns for team GB&I. Lewis will lead the U.S. Team in defense of their back-to-back Concession Cup titles. McEvoy looks to steer the GB&I squad to victory and take the Sir Michael Bonallack and William Campbell Trophy across the pond for the first time.
Lewis, 73, boasts numerous victories and multiple captaincies in his amateur golfing career. The Ohio native’s accomplishments in golf include wins at the 1968 Ohio Amateur, 1978 Ohio Open and 1986 Northeast Amateur. Lewis also grabbed runner-up honors at the 1980 U.S. Amateur as well as the 1981 and 1984 U.S. Mid-Amateurs. He competed in three U.S. Open Championships and claimed low amateur honors at the 1987 Masters Tournament. Lewis played on the PGA TOUR from 1971 to 1974 before regaining his amateur status in 1978. He has been a member of six Walker Cup teams, four as a player, with a 5-2 record in singles and foursome matches from 1981 to 1987. Lewis then captained the 2003 and 2005 Walker Cup teams leading the U.S. squad to victory in 2005 at Chicago Golf Club.
“I am honored to serve as the US captain for The Concession Cup,” said Lewis. “The spirit of international amateur competition has been, and continues to be, near and dear to my heart. This event was inspired by that spirit which makes it a perfect fit for me. I hope that the experience I have gained throughout my career as both a competitor and captain will serve our team well.”
McEvoy, 64, brings a wealth of competitive golf experience to the GB&I team. He is one of Great Britain’s most decorated amateur golfers. His outstanding career includes winning back-to-back British Amateur Championships in 1977 and 1978. Additionally, McEvoy represented Great Britain and Ireland as a player on five Walker Cup teams between 1977 and 1989. Additionally, he was the winning GB&I Walker Cup captain in 1999 and 2001. He also enjoyed five appearances as a player on Eisenhower Trophy teams, including 1988 when he won the individual event to go with a team victory for Great Britain and Ireland. Ten years later, he represented GBamp;I as the winning captain for the 1998 Eisenhower trophy team. McEvoy has shined during his career on two of golf’s biggest stages. He was the low amateur at The Open in 1978 and 1979 and in 1978 became the first British amateur golfer to make the cut at the Masters Tournament.
“It will be a great thrill to captain team GB&I,” said McEvoy. “I’m excited about the strength of our team and we look forward to the challenge of bringing home a victory. Plus, knowing that the Concession Cup is focused on giving back to charity makes my participation all the more rewarding.”
Additionally, the final selection of competitors for the 2018 Concession Cup is now set. The teams include two, six-man Mid-Am (age 25 to 54) teams; two, six-man Senior teams (age 55 and older); and two Senior Amateur members, age 65 and older teams from the United States (US) and Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I).
Captain: Bob Lewis (Pepper Pike, OH)
|Stewart Hagestad (Newport Beach, CA)||Gene Elliott (West Des Moines, IA)||Vinny Giles (Richmond, VA)|
|Scott Harvey (Greensboro, NC)||Doug Hanzel (Savannah, GA)||Buddy Marucci (Villanova, PA)|
|Michael McDermott (Bryn Mawr, PA)||Tim Jackson (Germantown, TN)|
|Matt Parziale (Brockton, MA)||Sean Knapp (Oakmont, PA)|
|Nathan Smith (Pittsburgh, PA)||John McClure (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Todd White (Spartanburg, SC)||Matthew Sughrue (Arlington, VA)|
Captain: Peter McEvoy (Troon, Scotland)
Vice Captain: Martin Young (Ringwood, Hampshire, England)
|Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint, Ireland)||Graham Bell (Dundee, Scotland)||Alan Mew (Southampton, England)|
|Matt Clark (Aberdeen, Scotland)||Ronnie Clark (Bishopton, Scotland)||Adrian Morrow (Dublin, Ireland)|
|Jack Gaunt (Tamworth, England)||Ian Crowther (Lancashire, England)|
|Bobby Leopold (Surrey, England)||Stephen East (York, England)|
|Peter O’Keefe (Douglas, Ireland)||Bryan Hughes (Southport, England)|
|Simon Richardson (Boston, England)||Garth McGimpsey (Bangor, Ireland )|
NOTE: For more information on the field of competitors for the 2018 Concession Cup, including player bios, please visit here.