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The Simpson Cup 2018 – Team USA – Andrew Bachelder
American Golfer Andrew Bachelder tells us about the On Course Foundation and taking part in the US v UK Tournament for injured servicemen and veterans
Thank you for talking to The American magazine about the On Course Foundation and the upcoming Simpson Cup. First of all, can you tell us where in the States you're from?
Fort Worth, Texas.
How did you become involved with the On Course Foundation, and the upcoming Simpson Cup?
I was initially invited to the Dataw Qualifier in the Summer of 2014 with a chance to qualify for Team USA at Congressional.
What does being involved in the organization mean to you, and how has it helped you personally?
Being a part of the organization allows me to grow and meet new veterans on and off the golf course. The organization has helped me with my knowledge and strengths in the game of golf along with the ability of passing on my knowledge to more veterans learning the game.
With awareness of the needs of veterans and servicemen and women always growing, how does it feel to be part of a competition which both raises awareness as well as offers an opportunity for veterans to compete?
Being given the opportunity to compete is crucial in veterans playing golf. Being able to test their skills and ability against one another is awesome.
Had you played Golf before your participation in the On Course Foundation? If not, how has the sport changed your life, and if you have, how is it different for you now?
I learned the game at age 12.
How has your golf improved since getting involved with the On Course Foundation?
My knowledge and game overall has improved through my hard work and determination throughout the last 5 years.
What makes Golf an ideal sport for recovering service personnel?
It allows you to play against yourself and work on your psyche towards yourself. It pushes you to the limit of what you can handle physically and mentally all in a span of 4 hours.
Is it important to you that disabled golfers can play against able bodied ones on an equal basis?
Playing on a level field with people from all walks of life is crucial for growing the game.
How does it feel to be representing the USA ahead of the Simpson Cup on home soil?
I’m honored to be one of the 13 individuals representing the USA Simpson Cup team.
The Simpson Cup is a Transtlantic competition pitting the USA against the UK. Have you served alongside British forces before?
I served with them in 2003 in the invasion of Iraq. We played a game of American football and had a blast.
How intense will the competition be for the Simpson Cup?
Competition will be fierce and strong as the Brits are hungry for a win. But the USA is ready to retain the cup!!!
What aspect of being involved in the foundation and The Simpson Cup are you most proud of?
Representing the United States of America on the golf course.
The 2018 Edition of The Simpson Cup takes place at The Maidstone Club in East Hampton, New York between September 23 and 26. Find out more about the Cup and keep to date with results via their website, www.simpsoncup.com. You can find out more about the On Course Foundation via www.oncoursefoundation.com. Good luck Team USA!
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