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Inaugural 2013 Burgess Cup to Host Top 16 U.S. Golf Clubs at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course October 4-6, 2013

ATLANTA, Oct. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2013 Burgess Cup will, for the first time in history, bring together 128 of the top amateur golfers from 16 of the most prestigious clubs in the United States. The Burgess Cup will be contested October 4-6, 2013 at Kiawah Island Resort's historic Ocean Course, finally settling the debate of which U.S. club has the best players.

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"There has never been a national stage for the top clubs to face off with their best amateur players," said Matthew Loney, Burgess Cup founder and tournament chairman. "The 2013 Burgess Cup will provide the opportunity for one of these clubs to prove that they are the best, and we are thrilled to announce this historic event, held at one of the best golf courses in the country."

The Burgess Cup is an annual club-versus-club match-play tournament featuring 16 of the top clubs in the country. Each team will include eight members plus a team captain. After a combination of stroke play and match play competitions, the event will culminate with a final head-to-head match featuring the only undefeated team from the weekend and the winner of the consolation bracket.

In addition to the distinction as the "best players club in the country," the winning team will receive a $100,000 charitable donation in its club's name to a charity of the team's choice, along with a club exemption to the 2014 Burgess Cup. The second place team will also receive an exemption to the 2014 Burgess Cup.

More information about The Burgess Cup can be found online at www.BurgessCup.com; on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/burgesscup; or on Twitter: @BurgessCup. Participation in the inaugural 2013 Burgess Cup is by invitation only.

About Matthew Loney
Matthew Loney is the president and CEO of ACG Pizza Partners LLC, an Atlanta based fast-casual restaurant franchisor widely known for its community involvement and charitable contributions. Loney, a long-time proponent of amateur golf, serves as the tournament committee chairman of The Burgess Cup.

Origin of "Burgess"
The word "Burgess" has numerous definitions, but it is deeply rooted in the history of the modern-day country club. Although not affiliated with the tournament, The Burgess Cup honors The Royal Burgess Golfing Society which was formed in 1735 as the very first country club. The now renamed Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh is still in operation today in the district of Barton in Edinburgh, Scotland.

SOURCE The Burgess Cup