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Simpson Cup contest raises valuable funds

Injured servicemen and veterans from both sides of the Atlantic will compete in an annual event to raise funds and awareness for On Course Foundation later this month.

The Simpson Cup sees 13 injured servicemen and veterans from the United Kingdom and the United States compete in a Ryder Cup-style match to aid the work of On Course Foundation. The charitable organisation is registered in both the USA and the UK and is supported by The R&A.

With the series poised at three wins each, the Simpson Cup will take place this year at The Maidstone Club in New York’s scenic East Hampton from 23 – 26 September.

Rebuild lives

All players involved are members of the Foundation which helps men and women who were injured, sick or wounded in the line of duty rebuild their lives; both through being given the opportunity to play the game and attaining employment in the golf industry. The Foundation also has Patrons which include His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and formerly the late Arnold Palmer.

The Simpson Cup is the marquee event for the organisation and, in addition to Sawgrass, has graced esteemed venues such as Royal Lytham & St Annes (2013), Congressional (2014), Royal St George’s (2015), Oak Hill (2016) and Royal Birkdale (2017).

The match is named after its founder, John Simpson, former Senior Vice-President of International Management Group (IMG). Simpson, who has only one fully-functioning leg as a result of suffering polio as a child, is also the Chairman and Founder of On Course Foundation and has managed players such as Sir Nick Faldo, Greg Norman, Vijay Singh and Bernhard Langer.

Shape futures

“I am delighted that this great match will be heading to The Maidstone Club in September – a truly wonderful golf course with a great team of people,” said Simpson.

“I would also like to extend congratulations to members of both teams on their selection and the chance to represent their country. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what the class of 2018 has in store and it will be a privilege to watch these guys put on another fine spectacle and capture our imaginations once again.

“The match and the events leading up to it encapsulate what the On Course Foundation charity is all about and giving these incredible veterans the opportunity to shape their futures, both in terms of playing golf and building a sustainable career, is the very least they deserve.”

Ryder Cup-style

The Simpson Cup commences on the evening of Sunday 23 September with the Opening Ceremony and subsequent fundraising dinner. The following day sees the player/sponsors’ competition taking place before the match begins on Tuesday 25 September with six four-ball matches at the West Course. It concludes on the Wednesday morning with 12 singles matches.

On Course Foundation has secured full-time employment for numerous ex-servicemen and women in the golf industry, with many more undertaking work experience placements with a view to full-time employment.

For more information about On Course Foundation and the Simpson Cup please visit oncoursefoundation.com