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Team USA Triumph in the 2018 Simpson Cup
USA beats Britain in a close fought 2018 edition of the Simpson Cup golf tournament for injured service personnel
Team USA were triumphant as the 2018 Simpson Cup came to a close yesterday (September 26) in New York. The annual event for injured service personnel sees a team of US golfers face off against a team of golfers from the UK in a Ryder Cup style format. Entering the final day, Team USA were 5-1 up, and despite a valiant fightback, Team GB were unable to overcome their Transatlantic opposition, with the final scoreline seeing America take the Cup by 11-8.
Their 2018 success makes this the third consecutive Simpson Cup win for the US, giving America a narrow 4-3 overall lead in this, the seventh annual edition of the Cup. It won't be long before the UK has a chance to make amends though, with the 2019 edition of the Cup taking place in the UK, at the legendary St Andrews course in Scotland, in May 2019.
The American reported on the Simpson Cup earlier in the year, when members of the American Team spoke to us about what the Cup means to them, and its importance for the rehabilitation of service personnel who have been injured during the course of duty. US Team Captain Chad Pfeifer commented before the event that the On Course Foundation, which organizes the Simpson Cup, "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."
Speaking after the American success, a delighted Chad said "What a feeling, and what an amazing performance by my guys ... We knew that even with yesterday's lead, this thing was a long way from being over, and that the UK guys would come at us hard. They didn't disappoint, and we had to play like heck today to get the job done ... But we got over the line, and the guys showed great character today. What a place to do it too - I couldn't be more proud of my team."
Team GB Captain, Mike Browne, said "We're obviously disappointed with the result, but the lads have been tremendous today ... We can certainly hold our heads high. There was a point where we really looked like we could do it. Unfortunately, a couple of close matches didn't go our way, and I guess we left ourselves a bit too much to do from day one ... I'd just like to say congratulations to Chad and his lads. They were the better team overall this week, and deserved the victory. But we'll come back strong next year at St Andrews, that I can assure you."
The Old Course at St Andrews is the next arena as the Simpson Cup enters its eighth event, and The American magazine will be there to give you all the low down! Save the dates, the Simpson Cup 2019 will be taking place at St Andrews from 19 May to 22 May. Can Team USA extend its advantage in the overall scorecard, or can Team GB level things up in this closely contested and inspirational Cup?
In the mean time, check out the On Course Foundation's website, http://www.oncoursefoundation.com/ for more details on supporting injured service personnel through golf, and keep an eye on the Simpson Cup website, http://www.simpsoncup.com/ for the latest information on the 2019 Cup in Scotland in May 2019.