USGA adds national championship for golfers with disabilities

FAR HILLS, NJ – The US Golf Association (USGA) is adding a national championship for golfers with disabilities starting next year at Pinehurst Course No. 6.

The US Adaptive Open Championship is the USGA’s 15th national championship, open to men and women, professionals and amateurs, with physical, sensory or intellectual disabilities. The USGA said it will announce later such details as the 96 players to be included and other format and competition criteria.

It will be a 54-hole event, and players will be required to have a WR4GD pass in the “World Ranking of Golfers with Disabilities” and an authorized index from the World Handicap System, golf’s method of classifying players based on their skill level. skill.

Pinehurst Field No. 6 in North Carolina will host the championship in 2022 and 2023. The USGA recently announced a second site in Pinehurst.

“We believe this effort will stimulate participation by golfers with disabilities and we hope it inspires others in the industry to make the game and its competitions more welcoming to all,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA Senior Executive Director of Championships. .

The dates for the inaugural 2022 championship will be July 20-22, and the application process is anticipated to begin in February.