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A New Concession

In a game known for good sportsmanship, one of the most famous acts of sporting fellowship was performed at the end of the 1969 Ryder Cup when Jack Nicklaus conceded a two-foot putt to Tony Jacklin, allowing the first-ever tie in the history of the matches. That’s the spirit behind The Concession Cup, which had its inaugural playing this past weekend at The Concession Golf Club in Sarasota, Florida, shown above. (The club will host the 2015 NCAA Division 1 men’s and women’s championships.) Teams from the U.S. and Great Britain/Ireland—each comprised of eight mid-amateurs (ages 25-54), eight senior ams (55-plus), and two super senior ams (65-plus)—played three rounds of foursomes, fourballs, and singles, with the U.S. team winning 21-1/2 to 14-1/2. And wouldn’t you know, the Cup ended with a concession? American Gene Elliott and GB&I’s Martin Young agreed to halve the final hole and halve their match. True, it didn’t matter much in the overall final standings, but their mutual agreement has set the tone for the biennial matches. By the way, Nicklaus and Jacklin served as Honorary Captains this year. May the circle be unbroken.

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