As golf continues to grow, inclusion has become the No. 1 mission across the sport — for good reason.
Take the U.S. Adaptive Open, for example. For the last two years, Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in Pinehurst, North Carolina — one of golf’s premier destinations — has hosted a field of impaired golfers to compete in a 54-hole stroke-play event. It’s been a tremendous success since its inception and has brought together folks who have been able to find an outlet through the game. Truly an incredible week.
The Simpson Cup is another example of using golf for the better.
Created in 2012, the first Simpson Cup was played at TPC Sawgrass — home of the PGA Tour’s Players Championship — and has since visited venues like Congressional Country Club — a six-time major championship host — Royal St. George’s — 15-time host of the Open, most recently in 2021 — Royal Birkdale — 10-time host of the Open, most recently in 2017 — and St. Andrews, the home of golf.
The Simpson Cup pits two 13-man teams made up of injured veterans from the United States and Great Britain against each other in a Ryder Cup-style showdown. And thanks to the handicap system, any skill level is welcome.
All participants are members of the On Course Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing injured veterans into golf to rebuild confidence and regain a sense of purpose after the effects of service.
This year, the Simpson Cup returns to Royal Lytham & St Annes for the second time (2013).
The tournament gets underway Sept. 26 with six fourball matches and concludes Sept. 27 with 13 singles matches.
After Great Britain’s 13½-5½ victory at Baltusrol Golf Club’s Upper Course last year, the overall record is now tied at 5-5.