SARASOTA, Fla. -- The prestigious Concession Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course designed in association with Tony Jacklin, hosts the 2013 Big Ten Match Play Championship for the second consecutive year on February 8th and 9th. Men's golf teams from all 12 Big Ten universities will compete in the two-day tournament that kicks off the conference's spring schedule. Some of the nation's most talented youngsters will display their shot-making skills during the two-day matches.
Northwestern is looking to defend its title on the Concession's challenging course that puts a premium on accuracy and deft putting. Coach Pat Goss, who received the 2012 Illinois PGA Teacher of the Year award and who mentored PGA Tour standout Luke Donald during his time at Northwestern, returns with a talented squad. The University of Illinois' Thomas Pieters, the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I individual golf champion and a first-team All-American, plans to turn pro later this year. The highly ranked college player was the first-ever Belgian to play for the European team in the 2012 Palmer Cup.
"We are very honored once again to host the Big Ten Match Play Championships here at The Concession Golf Club and we are looking forward to welcoming the nation's top collegiate teams and golfers," said Bruce Cassidy, Jr. the club's General Manager. "Here at The Concession we take great pride in presenting tournament-ready playing conditions for our members every day. Following last year's matches, we had an amazing response to the quality and conditioning of our golf course. We encourage area residents and golf fans to come out to the club to watch these talented golfers and to cheer for their alma mater."
The schools competing in the Big Ten Match Play Championship are: Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State, Indiana, Minnesota, Penn State, Iowa, Nebraska, Purdue, Michigan, Wisconsin and Northwestern.
The Concession Golf Club also has been selected to host the 2015 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Golf Championships. This marks the first time in the competition's history that the same course will serve as the site in consecutive weeks for both tournaments. The Golf Channel will air the championships live.
About The Concession Golf Club
The Concession Golf Club was founded to commemorate the extraordinary gesture of sportsmanship that Jack Nicklaus made at the 1969 Ryder Cup at Royal Birkdale when he conceded a two-foot putt to Britain's Tony Jacklin to halve their match, which resulted in the first-ever tie in the history of the matches. The moment became known as "the concession." Jacklin collaborated with Nicklaus on the course design and in 2006 the club was voted by Golf Digest as the Best New Private Course in the U.S.
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