USGA Introduces National Championship for Golfers with Disabilities
The USGA has announced a national championship tournament showcasing the world’s best golfers with disabilities.
The U.S. Adaptive Open Championship will take place from July 18-20 at Course Number 6 at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club.
“Since 1895, our championships have provided the world’s best players with an opportunity to showcase their skills on a global stage, compete for a national championship and achieve their dreams. After years of planning and delays caused by the global pandemic, we are proud to bring that same opportunity to the adaptive golf community through this championship, and to do so at Pinehurst, our second home. We believe this effort will spur participation for golfers with disabilities and hope it inspires others in the industry to make the game and its competitions more welcoming to all,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director, Championships.
This marks the USGA’s 15th national championship.
The championship will be contested over 54 holes of stroke play on Pinehurst No. 6.
It is open to males and females, professionals and amateurs, with either physical impairment, sensory impairment (vision), or intellectual impairment, who have a WR4GD Passas well as an authorized World Handicap System (WHS) Handicap Index.
The field will consist of 96 players. Further eligibility requirements, field composition and other competitive format details of the U.S. Adaptive Open Championship will be announced at a later date.
The application process is expected to open in February.