The Simpson Cup: an annual tournament between teams of injured servicemen and veterans from the United States and Great Britain

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In 2012, at TPC Sawgrass, wounded veterans of the US and UK military forces came together for a few action-packed days, fighting in a Ryder Cup-style event – the Simpson Cup was born. Despite the difference in skill level between players, the handicap system allows any veteran of any skill to represent their country.

The tournament is named after John Simpson, former senior vice president of the International Management Group. Simpson only has one fully functioning leg due to a battle with polio as a child. Throughout his career at IMG, Simpson has led some of the biggest names in golf including Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, Vijay Singh and Greg Norman.

Much like the Ryder Cup, the Simpson Cup alternates between the United States and Great Britain. In 2013, after his first game in Ponte Verde, Florida, the veterans traveled to Royal Lytham & St Annes, an 11-time open championship course, in the UK. Throughout the history of the Cup, some of golf’s most historic sites have hosted the deserving course.

  • 2014: Congressional Country Club (first United States Cup victory)

  • 2015: Royal St. George’s Golf Club (Great Britain’s third win in four tries)

  • 2016: Oak Hill Country Club (American victory)

  • 2017: Royal Birkdale Golf Club (Another American victory).

  • 2018: The Maidstone Club (America’s third consecutive victory)

  • 2019: The Old Course, St. Andrews (first British victory since 2015).

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was canceled in 2020.

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This week, the American and British veterans are finally back, with the Simpson Cup all-time record tied at 4-4.

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The creek, a 1923 CB Macdonald design, was this year’s location. The jewel of Long Island, located just over 30 miles from Manhattan, underwent a restoration in 2017 led by famed architect Gil Hanse.

The weekly Simpson Cup schedule is a lot like a Ryder Cup week, with an opening ceremony, a gala dinner, official team photos. With the pre-tournament events over, it was time for some golf, which started with six four-ball games on Tuesday morning.

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The Americans got off to a flying start, winning four of six games while cutting the other two in half. Heading into Wednesday’s singles matches, the United States held a 5-1 lead.

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With the British in need of a big comeback, two of the opening three matches went to the Blue team, including a victory for Gregg Stevenson who beat Nick Kimmel, 7 and 6. If you want to read more about Kimmel, a triple amputee, and his incredible story of recovering from a horrific battle injury, click here.

Despite Stevenson’s best efforts, the majority of the board would be favorable to the United States by early afternoon.

Overall, the Americans won seven of 12 singles matches on Wednesday, returning to the Simpson Cup after losing in 2019 at Old Course, with a final tally of 13-5.

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Full results: The Simpson Cup

All Simpson Cup participants are members of the On Course Foundation. The following was taken from the Simpson Cup website.

“OCF offers monthly, national, golf skills training and employment training events where participants receive golf skills lessons from accredited teaching professionals and employment advice from a range of sectors of the golf industry. OCF then facilitates hands-on training to obtain industry-specific qualifications and helps provide work experience placements and full-time employment opportunities in golf and related industries.

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Not only is the charity approved by the R&A, but before his death, Arnold Palmer was a patron of the foundation.

If you would like to donate to the On Course Foundation, click here in the US, or click here in the UK

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