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The Simpson Cup 2018 – Team USA – Chad Pfeifer
American Golfer Chad Pfeifer 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?
How did you become involved with the On Course Foundation, and the upcoming Simpson Cup?
I played in the inaugural Simpson Cup at TPC Sawgrass as well as at Oak Hill and Royal Birkdale.
What does being involved in the organization mean to you, and how has it helped you personally?
It has become a great platform to help wounded veterans be around each other and cope with every day difficulties by giving them something to focus on, either training for the Simpson Cup or trying to qualify to make the team.
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?
It is a great experience for everyone involved. Being around other wounded veterans no matter where they’re from is beneficial and it gives other veterans an opportunity to work on their game and be a part of a team again.
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?
Yes I had and it hasn’t changed much but it is a great opportunity to test out match play skills against other skilled golfers.
How has your golf improved since getting involved with the On Course Foundation?
Any competition is good for learning and gaining experience so the Simpson Cup is great experience for all golfers.
What makes Golf an ideal sport for recovering service personnel?
It allows them to escape from reality and kind of be alone with their thoughts. Whether playing by yourself or with a group it is essentially you against the golf course and it keeps you focused on something other than struggles veterans face on a day to day basis.
Is it important to you that disabled golfers can play against able bodied ones on an equal basis?
The handicap system is great in the game of golf as long as people are honest and it gives everyone the opportunity to have a game with anybody.
How does it feel to be representing the USA ahead of the Simpson Cup on home soil?
Anytime you can represent your country is a great feeling. The Simpson Cup is a great experience because it allows you to do that and be around other wounded veterans in a team setting.
The Simpson Cup is a Transtlantic competition pitting the USA against the UK. Have you served alongside British forces before?
How intense will the competition be for the Simpson Cup?
It’s always intense and a great time. It’s like a mini war but at the end of the day you can sit back and have a beer with everyone and enjoy your time together.
What aspect of being involved in the foundation and The Simpson Cup are you most proud of?
Being able to help and inspire other wounded veterans 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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