Concession to host major collegiate event in 2012

The Concession Golf Club, an exclusive private club in East Manatee County, is starting to host some outside play.

   For the past two years, the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course designed in association with Tony Jacklin, has held the annual fundraiser for the First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee.
     This Saturday, Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Inc. will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Physicians Golf Tournament at The Concession Golf Club.
       Just recently the club announced it will host the 2012 Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship March 18-20.concessionhole6.jpg
      The University of South Florida (USF) will serve as the host school for this Golf Coaches Association of America event.
The Concession, named "Best New Private Course of 2006" by Golf Digest magazine, holds one of the highest Course and Slope Ratings by the United States Golf Association. The 7,500 yard., par 72 layout, is set on 520 acres of ruggedly pristine land dotted with massive oaks and majestic pines. It runs three miles from tip to tip.
    "We are extremely proud to partner with USF to bring an event of this stature to the Sarasota area," said Bruce Cassidy Jr., general manager of The Concession Golf Club. "The Concession offers many risk/reward opportunities. It will be exciting to see the best Division I collegiate golfers tackle the course in match play."
      The Match Play Championship is recognized as one of the top collegiate fields annually. It has been the proving ground for many aspiring tour players including PGA and European Tour champions J.B. Holmes, Dustin Johnson, Camilo Villegas, Webb Simpson and Bill Haas.
      The first national collegiate Match Play Championship was held by the GCAA 2002 with the approval of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Past team champions include Augusta State, Oklahoma State, Georgia, Florida, UCLA, Middle Tennessee State, and New Mexico.
     The Concession joins the list of some truly great venues to host the Match Play Championship to include Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas; Reynolds Plantation the Oconee Course, Greensboro, Ga.; Mission Inn Golf Resort, Howey in the Hills, Fla.; The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Sante Fe, Calif.; the Ritz Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain, Tucson, Ariz. and the current host Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground, Ga.
    For more information about The Concession Golf Club, call 941-322-1922 or visit them online at      


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