The USGA will showcase the world’s best disability golfers at their inaugural U.S. Adaptive Open Championship set to be played at Pinehurst No. 6 from July 18-20, 2022.
The Championship will also return to the historic course in 2023 and will serve as the USGA’s 15th national championship, joining events like the US Men’s and Women’s Opens and the Amateur Opens on an impressive calendar.
The announcement of the championship follows a 2017 pledge by the USGA to establish this championship for the all abilities golf community:
“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,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director, Championships.
“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.”
The Championship, open to men and women, pros and amateurs, with either physical impairment, sensory impairment (vision), or intellectual impairment, who have a WR4GD Pass as well as an authorized World Handicap System (WHS) Handicap Index will take place over 54-holes at Pinehurst No. 6.
Ireland’s Brendan Lawlor, the undisputed top dog of disability golf, will no doubt be targeting the event having won three times on Tour in 2021, including last month’s EDGA Dubai finale alongside the stars of the European Tour.
“We’re honoured to serve as the site of the inaugural U.S. Adaptive Open Championship,” said Tom Pashley, president of Pinehurst Resort and Country Club.
“Pinehurst has been home to many storied championships throughout our history, but to witness adaptive golfers competing for this new national championship will surely be among the most memorable. We are grateful to the USGA and the adaptive golf community for this opportunity.”