USGA announces a U.S. Open for adaptive golfers

The USGA announced on Friday the addition of the U.S. Adaptive Open Championship to its slate of national championships.

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The USGA is adding a new national championship.

The governing body announced Friday the addition of the U.S. Adaptive Open Championship, which will showcase the world’s best golfers with disabilities.

The inaugural edition of the event will take place next summer at Pinehurst No. 6, July 18-20.

“Since 1895, our championships have provided the world’s best players with an opportunity to showcase their skills on a global stage,” said John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s senior managing director of championships. “We are proud to bring that same opportunity to the adaptive golf community through this championship.”

The U.S. Adaptive Open Championship will be contested over 54 holes of stroke play and is open to men and women with either a physical, sensory or intellectual impairment.

The event will be the 15th USGA national championship, and the first conducted on Pinehurst No. 6.

“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,” Bodenhamer said.

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