Final Warrior Club Fitting of the 2015-’16 Season
As part of its ongoing commitment to support golf-related military charitable foundations, Callaway, in partnership with Birdies For the Brave, conducted its final Warrior Club Fitting of the PGA Tour season on Wednesday at the Tour Championship in Atlanta, Ga.
— Callaway Golf (@CallawayGolf) September 21, 2016
Both Kevin Blanchard, USMC (Purple Heart Recipient, left leg amputee) and Joshua Ray, Air Force (back injury/Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) went through full fittings on the range with our PGA TOUR team as well as a behind-the-scenes tour of our truck that travels to each stop on Tour. Callaway has been a part of more than 100 Warrior Fittings, with three more remaining in 2016. Additionally, Callaway proudly supports Bunkers for Baghdad, On Course Foundation (see below), Camp Pendleton YMCA and San Diego Armed Forces YMCA.
Team USA Brings Home Simpson Cup
By Amanda Balionis
Nearly 21 years ago, Rochester, N.Y. natives anxiously watched as their home nation relinquished a late lead to lose the 1995 Ryder Cup at historic Oak Hill Country Club. While it might’ve looked early on that history was set to repeat itself, Team USA was able to mount a miraculous day in singles matches in front of massive galleries to keep the Simpson Cup on American soil.
The annual two-day Ryder Cup style event, now in its fifth year, pits 13 injured servicemen and veterans from the USA against their British counterparts. Great Britain has had an upper hand in the competition, winning three of the first four Cups, but it was Team USA who came away victorious by a score of 12-6.
“This feels pretty overwhelming,” said Dave Romanowsky, who clinched the winning point for Team USA. “We wanted this thing so bad, so it means everything to us to have got it done. It’s just been an incredible week, and to be standing here as a team of winners is a great honor.”
— Simpson Cup USA (@SimpsonCupUSA) September 22, 2016
The Simpson Cup is named after John Simpson, a former SVP of IMG, who only has one fully functioning leg as a result of suffering from polio as a child. Throughout his career, Simpson has managed some of the biggest names in golf and founded the On Course Foundation, which supports the recovery of both physically and emotionally wounded veterans through the game of golf.
“We’re disappointed it didn’t go our way today,” said Great Britain’s Captain Paul Swain. “But I’m so proud of the lads, and the courage they showed to keep fighting until the end. We’ll leave here with great memories from what’s been a truly outstanding Simpson Cup here at Oak Hill, and we’re already looking forward to next year.”
The event showcases how wounded warriors can find both mental and physical strength on the course while also coming together to support one another through their individual battles. “I am delighted that the 2016 Simpson Cup is taking place at Oak Hill Country Club,” said legend and longtime Callaway staffer Arnold Palmer. “It fills me with great joy that these injured servicemen and veterans can enjoy our wonderful game. I continue to be profoundly moved by their courage and determination.”
Proud to support #SimpsonCup2016!
— Callaway Golf (@CallawayGolf) September 20, 2016
Callaway is honored to be a part of such a tremendous event by donating equipment, bags, and Chrome Soft balls. Congratulations to Team USA on their victory and to all participants for representing the game we all love so well.