banner
Golf

U.S. Open champ Simpson 'same person' to family

Posted June 26, 2012

— Webb Simpson may travel the world as a professional golfer, but his roots are still in Raleigh. When he won his first major this month, no one was prouder than his family.

Simpson’s parents, Sam and Debbie, still live in Raleigh, as do three of his five siblings. Simpson’s sisters, Natalie Simpson and Blake Fricks, say their brother is sweet, good-natured and has a great sense of humor. They say that even though Webb, his wife and son live in Charlotte now, the family remains very close.

“He's still the same person he's always been,” said Fricks.

While the family has spread out a little bit as they have grown – the oldest, Camille Galloway lives in Winston-Salem; Sam lives in Greensboro and the youngest, Chase, remains in Raleigh – following Webb hasn’t been difficult. Gov. Bev Perdue recently said the Webb “is a North Carolinian through and through.”

“It’s fun, we're so proud of him,” added Natalie. “It doesn't get old to hear people talk about him.”

The family said always knew Webb would win a major tournament, just not this early on his career. At only 26 years old, Webb has three PGA Tour wins including the 2012 U.S. Open Championship.

“He worked so hard at it,” Fricks said. “He definitely had the natural talent, but it was like a job for him, after school, weekends.”

“We would go to tournaments when we were in middle school,” Natalie recalled. “We did not want to go, and they would take us and we would get back at 5 p.m. on a Sunday and he'd go out there and keep practicing.”

Abiding by his familial values, Webb has decided not to try for two majors in a row and will skip the British Open - for a very good reason. He and his wife are expecting their second child at the end of July and he wants to be there for the birth.

Simpson, a Broughton High School graduate, will be back in Raleigh Nov. 14 to play in a golf tournament benefiting "Neighbor to Neighbor." The non-profit works with at-risk youth in southeast Raleigh.
 

1 Comment

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • Hokies94 Jun 26, 6:43 p.m.

    Great story. He comes from great stock, and it sounds like they are a tight knit family. When I first saw him play and he gave glory to God, I knew that he was sincere. I Hope that he wins a bunch of tourneys. Classy family all around.

  • Football Friday with Tom Suiter

    Tomorrow at 11:35 pm on WRAL-TV

  • US Open Tennis: Men’s & Women’s Third Round

    Saturday at 11:00 am on WRAL-TV

  • ACC Football Kickoff Show

    Saturday at 7:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • US Open Tennis: Men’s Third Round & Women’s Fourth Round

    Sunday at 11:00 am on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Panthers at Pittsburgh

    Tomorrow at 7:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • CFB: NC State vs Georgia Southern

    Saturday at 12:30 pm on WRAL-FM

  • HSFB: Southern Durham at Hillside

    Saturday at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • High School Wrap Up Show

    Sunday at 9:00 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • Football Friday
Scoreboard
Local
Final
GWI 8
DUR 1
 
7:05pm Tonight
NOR
DUR
 
7:30pm Tonight
PIT
CAR
Final
PIT 3
STL 1
Final
SEA 4
TEX 12
Final
BAL 1
TAM 3
Final
PHI 8
WAS 4
Final
TOR 5
BOS 2
Final
DET 4
NYY 8
Final
NYM 2
ATL 3
Final
CIN 7
CHC 5
Final
CWS 3
CLE 2
Final
KAN 6
MIN 1
Final
HOU 4
OAK 5
Final
SDP 3
MIL 2
 
Final
ARI 1
LOS 3
Final
ANA 6
MIA 1
 
9th
SFG 2
COL 2
 
12:35pm Today
CIN
CHC
 
1:08pm Today
DET
NYY
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
BAL
TAM
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
ATL
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
CLE
 
8:10pm Tonight
KAN
MIN
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
TEX
 
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
 
6:00pm Tonight
SCAR
TEXAM
7:02pm Tonight
LAMON
WAKE
8:00pm Tonight
MISS
BSU
8:00pm Tonight
TULSA
TULA
9:15pm Tonight
VANDY
TEMPL
10:00pm Tonight
WASU
RUTG
10:30pm Tonight
ARST
WEBER
6:00pm Tonight
JAC
ATL
7:00pm Tonight
BUF
DET
7:00pm Tonight
CIN
IND
7:00pm Tonight
GBP
KAN
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
NYJ
7:00pm Tonight
MIA
STL
7:30pm Tonight
PIT
CAR
7:30pm Tonight
NYG
NEP
7:30pm Tonight
TAM
WAS
8:00pm Tonight
NOS
BAL
8:00pm Tonight
CLE
CHI
8:00pm Tonight
DAL
DEN
8:00pm Tonight
TEN
MIN
8:00pm Tonight
HOU
SFX
10:00pm Tonight
SDC
ARI
10:00pm Tonight
OAK
SEA
Final
GWI 8
DUR 1
 
7:05pm Tonight
NOR
DUR