Celtic Manor Resort will play host to a prestigious international golf match
for injured servicemen this month.
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.
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
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.
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 in 2015 (team featured in main picture above).
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.
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.
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.”
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.