UK’s Battle Back Successfully Retains Captain Pietsche Trophy

A team of wounded ex-British servicemen have returned home victorious after overcoming their American counterparts in the Captain Pietsche Trophy.

Inaugurated in 2011, the Ryder Cup-esque competition sees ten golfers from the British military’s Battle Back initiative take on a team from the USA’s Wounded Warrior Project.

Battle Back work to re-introduce wounded, sick and injured servicemen to adventurous training and sporting endeavours. And after securing funding from Help for Heroes and the Royal Foundation’s Endeavour Fund, the Battle Back team made the trip overseas to St Augustine in Florida to defend the title they won 12.5 –7.5 at Burhill Golf Club earlier in 2013.

It was a great start for Battle Back in the three-day tournament – which aptly started on September 11 – by winning 4-1 in the fourballs.

Clearly motivated by their first day performance, Battle Back ran rampant in the Greensomes, eventually claiming a 4.5 – 5.0 triumph to head into the singles with a commanding 8.5 – 1.5 lead.

The Wounded Warriors made a strong start, recording three of the first four points available, but Battle Back refused to be beaten and bounced straight back, notching a wonderful 6-4 singles win for a comprehensive 14.5 – 5.5 overall victory.

Battle Back captain Chf Tech Keith Davies said after the game: "It was a fantastic performance and the team are obviously delighted."

Lt Col Tristan Crew added: "To post this kind of victory is credit to the commitment and professionalism of this team of golfers. I am very proud of what they have achieved.

"Events like these don't happen without significant support. We are indebted to The Endeavour Fund and Help for Heroes for providing the financial backing.

"Their contribution has significantly enriched the lives of the 20 competitiors and served to inspire the other 128 Battle Back golfers."

The fourth playing of the Captain Pietsch Trophy takes place at former Ryder Cup host venue Walton Heath in September 2014. The honours currently lie at 2-1 to the UK, so check it out if you can.