‘Bish’ leads GB to victory

Ian Bishop lifts the Simpson Cup.
Ian Bishop lifts the Simpson Cup.

An Arbroath marine who lost both his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan has captained a special British golf team to victory against the USA.

Ian Bishop, a former soldier with 45 Commando and a member of Letham Grange Golf Club, was chosen to captain the Great Britain team against America in the Simpson Cup, a golf competition for injured ex-servicemen.

The tournament, which also featured on Sky Sports was played over Royal Lytham and St Annes, with ‘Bish’ leading the nation to victory.

The competition is played in a ‘Ryder Cup’ style and is run by the On Course Foundation, a charity established by Nick Faldo’s former manager John Simpson.

It aims to support the rehabilitation of wounded ex-servicemen, women and veterans through the medium of golf.

And Ian, who last year carried the Olympic torch in Brechin, was delighted to lift the trophy for the victorious GB team at the famous course.

He said: “It was a great honour and privilege to represent and captain the GB team and even better that we beat the US, and all the lads played really well.

“It is only in its second year of the competition so coverage is slowly building.

“There were about 300 to 400 people supporting the event at Royal Lytham and St Annes.

“Next year looks to be massive as it is being held at Congressional in Washington, and they are expecting 1,000 plus spectators. So that will be great.”

The other Scottish golfers in the GB team competing alongside Ian were Matthew Turnbull from Angus and Steve Morris from Fife.