Team USA wins Simpson Cup, but victory is only part of the story

Team USA has won the Simpson Cup. But in this tournament, who wins isn't the most important thing (WHAM photo)

Pittsford, N.Y. – After two days of intense competition, the opposing teams from this week’s Simpson Cup at Oak Hill Country Club will be together Wednesday night to celebrate their time in our community.

Who won and who lost is important, but it’s nowhere near what matters most.

For only the second time, Team USA is able to revel in winning the Simpson Cup.

“When I came here in May, I told the Oak Hill men’s members, I promised I was going to leave the cup in that clubhouse,” said Team USA captain Steve Ogletree. “And I did it today.”

Team Great Britain is feeling the pain of loss, but the outcome is secondary.

"At the end of the day, it's all about camaraderie," said Ogletree. "We're going to go back to the hotel, we're going to sit down and we're going to talk - and we're going to reminisce about the good old days."

To truly understand what the Simpson Cup is all about, all you have to do is watch Ian Bishop of Team Great Britain. He has no legs, is missing fingers and is suffering from nerve damage. But golf has catapulted his recovery from war wounds.

All the players are injured servicemembers or veterans. They are all using golf to get their lives back on course.

“When you get injured, everything gets taken away from you,” said Team Great Britain captain Paul Swain. “So you’ve just got no kind of forward movement. But the Simpson Cup provides an environment for all the ex-soldiers, the injured soldiers. People who've got common bonds to get back together.”

"Aside from golf, I think we've achieved a lot this week," Swain added. "We've made new friends and hopefully this is going to go on for many, many more years."

Through the tournament and the charity it supports, a game gives new kind of life – the camaraderie, the competition, a new challenge and a new purpose.

Whether celebrating a win or suffering a loss, these guys have an uncommon perspective on what really matters.

For more information on the Simpson Cup and how it benefits injured servicemen and women, as well as veterans, click here.

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