Myrtle Beach veteran competing for U.S. in upcoming Simpson Cup
Myrtle Beach, S.C. (WPDE) —
A Myrtle Beach veteran is making a name for himself as he represents the United States in an upcoming golf tournament.
Shawn Whitmore is competing in the Simpson Cup. But he says it is much more than a competition for him and the other vets on the team.
"After I got hurt, golf became part of my therapy," said Shawn Whitmore.
Army vet Shawn Whitmore survived three tours in Afghanistan, a rocket explosion, and a roadside bomb.
After extensive therapy, surgery, and with 22 pounds of metal in his body, Whitmore now spends his days on the green.
"When you first get injured, all you can think about is what 'I can't do' and what 'I won't be able to do' and where 'I can't go' and 'this is not part of the plan.' And all the negatives run through your mind," he said.
But golf changed all that.
For the third year in a row, Whitmore will be competing in the Simpson Cup.
"I'm actually the assistant captain this year," said Whitmore.
The Ryder Cup-style competition pits 13 American veterans against their British counterparts.
Two years ago, Whitmore sunk the winning putt for team USA, the first time the U.S. won since the cup began five years ago.
But he says it is not about winning or losing. It is about supporting other vets in their recovery.
"Being around guys, who have experienced what you experienced, it helps open that door," he said.
"It gives him people that are more like him," said his wife, Tracey.
She said she is so proud of her husband for setting an example for their five children.
"It teaches them not to give up. Don't ever give up on anything. If there's something that you love to do, if there's something that you want to do. Keep doing it. Don't give up," she said.
"I'm blessed every day to be waking up," said her husband. "I'm thankful to have the family that I have."
He says he is not only thankful for his family, but also for the backing of the community, and hopes to make everyone proud.
"The Myrtle Beach community, it's second to none," says Shawn Whitmore.
The Simpson Cup kicks off September 18 at the Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York.
We will make sure to update you on how Whitmore and team USA does in the competition.