Simpson Cup begins at Oak Hill

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Oak Hill has hosted the best events in golf. 

Not one has produced more smiles and goosebumps than the event happening this week. 

Sunday evening, the opening ceremony for the 5th Simpson Cup took place on the 13th green at Oak Hill. 

The Simpson Cup matches injured veterans and servicemen from the U.S. and Great Britain in a Ryder Cup style golf  tournament. 

Oak Hill is not the first major championship or past Ryder Cup venue to host the Simpson Cup. Congressional in Washington, D.C. and Royal Lytham in Scotland are among the previous venues. 

Money raised will go to On Course Performance, a charity that helps disabled and injured servicemen find confidence and purpose again through golf. 

This week is about more than raising money or winning a golf event or even putting on a show for those in attendance. 

Paul Swain has participated in all five Simpson Cups, working his way up to captain this year. 

What the Simpson Cup means to the 26 guys who play may be the highest purpose of the event. 

“When you get injured, you go into a black hole and you just don’t know when you’re gonna get out,” Swain said. “But to see all these people out here prepare to support us and allow us to get back into competitive sport and be back with our guys and friends and all the rest of it… It means everything, it really does.”

There is a sponsor event on Monday (essentially, a pro-am). The competitive rounds will happen Tuesday and Wednesday. 

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