Pinehurst Resort and Country Club will host the U.S. Adaptive Open Championship, a new national championship showcasing the world’s best golfers with disabilities, July 18 – 20. The inaugural competition will be held on Course No. 6.
“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,” says 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 and other new competitions for golfers with disabilities and serve to make the game more welcoming for all.”
The championship will be contested over 54 holes of stroke play. It is open to males and females, professionals 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®.
The field will consist of 96 players. Multiple sets of tees will be used, and carts are permitted for players and caddies. The 2nd U.S. Adaptive Open will also be held on Pinehurst No. 6 July 17-19, 2023.
Greg Hooper is visually impaired and plays with the help of caddie and son, Alan. Get a glimpse into the way Greg plays the great game as he prepared to qualify for the U.S. Adaptive Open.
Last September, the USGA named Pinehurst its first championship anchor site, announcing four additional U.S. Open Championships at the esteemed venue, as well as a commitment to bring other national championships to the property. Pinehurst No. 6 was designed by George and Tom Fazio and opened in 1979. This will be the 11th USGA championship held at Pinehurst, and the first on Course No. 6.
“We’re honored to serve as the site of the inaugural U.S. Adaptive Open Championship,” says 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.”