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The Simpson Cup 2018 – Team USA – Jake Keeslar
American Golfer Jake Keeslar 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 met a member of the On Course Foundation in 2014, who explained the organization to me, which made me curious to learn more.
What does being involved in the organization mean to you, and how has it helped you personally?
Being involved in the organization provides me with purpose, direction and motivation.
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 makes me feel as if I am again part of a brotherhood, working with other veterans to compete for the US.
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. My golf game now is more focused, with more time spent on my shortcomings, which has created a more consistent game.
How has your golf improved since getting involved with the On Course Foundation?
My overall game is more consistent.
What makes Golf an ideal sport for recovering service personnel?
Golf is an ideal sport for recovering service personnel because it gets you out of the house, it creates social situations and offers time in the sun.
Is it important to you that disabled golfers can play against able bodied ones on an equal basis?
Golf is a great sport because it’s handicapped, therefore everybody can be equal on the course.
How does it feel to be representing the USA ahead of the Simpson Cup on home soil?
It feels fantastic to represent the US on home soil. Since I retired from the military, I have been missing the feeling of being in service to my country. This opportunity allows me to be a part of something bigger than myself and contribute in ways that feel valuable to me.
The Simpson Cup is a Transtlantic competition pitting the USA against the UK. Have you served alongside British forces before?
No, I have never had the opportunity to work with British forces, but I am looking forward to getting to know some of the UK On Course members.
How intense will the competition be for the Simpson Cup?
I foresee the Simpson Cup being an intense competition, with all participants wanting to play their best game and take it home for their country.
What aspect of being involved in the foundation and The Simpson Cup are you most proud of?
Being a part of Team USA makes me feel the proudest.
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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