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Published on : Wednesday, August 3, 2016
A team of 10 military personnel from the UK’s Battle Back golf team will take on their Australian counterparts from the Soldier On Foundation over three days of competition for the Clyde Pearce Cup from August 9-11.
The Ryder Cup-style match represents the pinnacle for players on the Battle Back golf programme which aims to assist the rehabilitation of injured servicemen through playing the game of golf.
Battle Back Golf Chairman Major Andrew Barnett said: “Golf is such an important part of the rehabilitation process for these injured soldiers.
“Some of our players are double amputees but it’s amazing to see how they have adapted to their injuries and the level of golf they are able to play. The handicap system in golf means they can compete with other players at all levels.
“Golf has many physical and mental attributes which really help in their recovery from life-changing injuries. There’s the physical challenge of swinging the club and getting around the golf course, and also the psychological challenge of getting over a poor shot or responding to your opponent’s good play.
“Being part of a team is a way of life when you’re in the military so competitions like the Clyde Pearce Cup are a great way of giving these players back that sense of team camaraderie. We see plenty of that out on the golf course and there is also a very friendly spirit between the two teams.”
Battle Back will defend the trophy they won in Melbourne last year and they were also triumphant in their annual match against the Americans which was played at TPC Sawgrass last year.
This is the first time that 2010 Ryder Cup venue Celtic Manor has hosted one of the matches but the venue has supported other Golf4Heroes events and has a long association with blind and disabled golf from when its Wales Open event on the European Tour was sponsored by ISPS HANDA.
Celtic Manor Resort Director of Golf, Spa and Leisure Will Hewitt said: “We are delighted to be hosting this year’s Clyde Pearce Cup and look forward to welcoming the players from Battle Back and Soldier On. It is an honour for us to welcome special guests who have made such sacrifices in their lives, in the service of their countries.
“We know from our association with ISPS HANDA that injury and disability can be overcome on the golf course with some incredible results. I’m sure we will see some wonderful golf played on our Twenty Ten and Montgomerie courses over the three days of competition.”
The visiting golfers from both sides will warm up with a round on the Roman Road Course against Celtic Manor members on Monday August 8 before playing separate rounds of fourballs, greensomes and singles matches to decide the winning team.