Is the U.S. Adaptive Open a Major?

When it comes to an action packed golf week, this week may set a new standard of positive activity.  

The PGA Championship is in full swing at Southern Hills in Tulsa, OK, the field is set for the first U.S. Adaptive Open to be held at Pinehurst #6, July 18-20, 2022, and the Make Golf Your Thing Directory has officially launched.

Wow!  How can you not love golf!  If the U.S. Adaptive Open is not a Major in the world of golfers with disabilities, please feel free to let me know what the standard is!  What a great event it is going to be and hats off to the USGA for creating this event.  96 players from around the world ranging in age from 15-80 will compete across eight impairment categories:

  • Arm Impairment
  • Intellectual Impairment
  • Leg Impairment
  • Multiple Limb Amputee
  • Neurological Impairment
  • Seated Players
  • Short Stature
  • Vision Impairment 

Take a look at the field here HERE. It’s likely you will recognize some names but even better are some of the stories…and there are so many more beyond those that have qualified for the U.S. Adaptive Open. All around the country on a daily basis golf professionals, therapists, volunteers and more dedicate themselves to supporting access and inclusion for golfers with disabilities. The National Alliance prides itself on serving as a resource across a range of areas in this space, including the ADA – Americans With Disabilities Act, course and facility design, assistive devices to help golfers play, and coaching individuals with disabilities.  We’re easy to find at www.accessgolf.org and it makes our day if we can help in any way.

Also this week, the much anticipated Make Golf Your Thing Directory has launched at www.makegolfyourthing.org. Simply put in a zip code to search an area and you can refine your search from there for specific program types.  Having just launched, many programs are still completing their registration, but if you have a program that is helping golfers play the game, I’d recommend you get on board with Make Golf Your Thing and get registered.  Whomever your program is for, veteran or not, young or old, disabled or not, let’s make it easy for anyone looking to learn to play the game.

The National Alliance for Accessible Golf has been fortunate and appreciative to have been included with the WGF and AGIC Make Golf Your Thing Directory outreach effort and well, “inclusion” is what we are all about.  I can’t wait to see how the Directory can help grow the game for golfers of all abilities.  

“Go Tiger? Jon? Jordan? Justin?” Sure.

But, how about, “Go, Amy, Dennis, Chad, and all of the other competitors at the U.S. Adaptive Open.” I can’t wait to see it.  

About National Alliance for Accessible Golf
Dave Barton, PGA is the Executive Director for the National Alliance for Accessible Golf. The National Alliance for Accessible Golf is a coalition of recreational, therapeutic, and golf organizations committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities through the game of golf.

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