The inaugural Concession Cup, composed of players in the mid amateur and senior age groups, proved to be a tough assignment for the Great Britain and Ireland team as they went down 21½ – 14½ to the United States at Bredenton in Florida.
Played on the Ryder Cup format, GB&I held their own in the opening day foursomes which finished all square. But a six point deficit in the second day fourballs proved a bridge too far.
It left the visitors needing to win at least 12 of the 18 final day singles and they succeeded in seven with three halves to lose the session by just a point.
It was particularly tough for the six English representatives, only three of whom achieved victories, mid amateur Ed Richardson (Hemsted Forest, Kent), and seniors Richard Partridge and Peter Hedges (both Wildernesse, Kent).
Richardson’s (pictured) victory in tandem with Ireland’s Eoghan O’Connell was GB&I’s lone success in the second day fourballs when they beat Patrick Christovich and Trip Kuehne 2 and 1.
Partridge won his final day single, 2 and 1 over George Zahringer, while Hedges’ win came in the opening day foursomes alongside fellow Ian Hutcheon from Scotland when they beat Jim Holtgrieve and Robert Lewis 4 and 3 in the all-super seniors clash.
The Concession Cup ended, fittingly enough, with a concession on the 18th green. By that time, the US already had clinched a commanding victory to secure the Bonallack-Campbell trophy in the inaugural competition.
When the last game between American Gene Elliott and Martin Young saw both balls land safely aboard the 18th green, Elliott doffed his cap and they agreed to halve the final hole for the match to end all square.
Foursomes: US 4½ GB&I 4½
Fourballs: US 7½ GB&I 1½
Singles: US 9½ GB&I 8½
Overall: US 21½ GB&I 14½