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Giles, McGimpsey Named Concession Cup Captains

by Jim Nugent - January 27, 2014

Officials from The Concession Cup announced on Sunday the selection of Vinny Giles and Garth McGimpsey as team captains for the United States and Great Britain & Ireland, respectively. Together, Giles and McGimpsey bring more than 80 years of competitive experience to the inaugural biennial amateur team match-play competition, to be held at the The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., the week of April 28.

Giles’ amateur 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 1962-66. He 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 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.

McGimpsey, 58, brings a wealth of competitive golf experience to the GB&I team. He is one of Northern Ireland’s most decorated amateur golfers. His career includes winning the 1985 British Amateur and 1988 Eisenhower Trophy. McGimpsey also has represented Great Britain & Ireland in five Walker Cup competitions.

Tournament officials also announced the first player commitments for the two eightman senior categories.

The GB&I side includes playing captain McGimpsey, former Walker Cupper Arthur Pierse, Ian Brotherston, Maurice Kelly, Adrian Morrow, Andrew Stracey and two others to be named.

The American squad will include playing captain Giles, 2015 Walker Cup captain John “Spider” Miller, Doug Hanzel, Paul Simson, Chip Lutz, George Zahringer, Pat Tallent and Danny Yates.

Players will compete across three days through the traditional team match-play formats of foursomes, four-ball and singles. Each team will comprise 18 players separated into three categories: eight mid-amateur members (age 25 to 54), eight senior members (age 55 to 64) and two super senior members (age 65 and older).


Ryan Evans ensured England’s flag was lying high Down Under by winning the Lake Macquarie International at Belmont Golf Club in New South Wales.

A closing round of 68 for a 72-hole aggregate of 281, 7-under par, gave the England international from Wellingborough a two-shot winning margin ahead of New Zealand’s Luke Toomey and Australia’s Jarryd Felton.

Evans’ closing 68 was enough to see him to his second overseas title following his success last year in the Biarritz Cup.

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