The Simpson Cup is about restoring life and purpose to men and women injured or disabled in service to their country.
It’s about using golf as a tool for those ends.
And for one day–Wednesday at Oak Hill–it was also about winning.
Team USA won 7 of 12 individual matches and halved two more to defeat Great Britain 12-6 and win the Simpson Cup for only the second time in the five incarnations of the event.
Jason Leap made an incredible up and down for par 18 to secure a 1-up win over John Devlin and bring the US within a point of winning. Devlin had won 16 and 17, forcing the match to 18.
Dave Romanowsky followed with a solid par at 18 to win his match 2-up and secure the Cup for Team USA.
“To get them geared up to come here, to play like they did today, it’s a wonderful feeling,” USA captain Steve Ogletree said. “I think I’ll remember this for the rest of my life.”
Fairport’s Todd Tongue also won his individual match 2&1. He took 15 with a par to break a tie with Ian Bishop. Tongue won 16 as well and finished the match with a two footer for par on 17.
“Probably the most amazing moment of my life,” Tongue said after going 1-0-1 over the two days. “From the time that I got called, everything Oak Hill has done to welcome us. They really went above and beyond anything any of us ever expected.”
Ogletree played last year, the second consecutive US loss to the UK team. Both sides are as tight as any opponents in sports, but that doesn’t mean they don’t needle each other over who won last. Ogletree says he’s looking forward to being on the giving side.
For both sides, the week at Oak Hill was a rousing success. Money was raised to support the On Course Foundation, which helps injured soldiers through golf.
And 26 injured vets and servicemen had a week they will never forget.