3 Key Points
- USGA adopts qualifying rounds for 2024 U.S. Adaptive Open
- Qualifiers to be held at six locations nationwide from April 15 – May 31
- Adaptive Open set for July 8-10 at Sand Creek Station, Newton, Kansas
USGA Announces New Qualifying Model
The United States Golf Association (USGA) has recently indicated enhancements to the U.S. Adaptive Open for 2024 that include the adaptation of a qualifying system. Eager competitors will vie for spots at one of six qualifying locations across the nation, marking a significant change from previous selection criteria based on Handicap Index.
Expanding Opportunities for Competitors
Spanning from mid-April to the end of May, these qualifiers reflect the burgeoning interest and evolution of adaptive golf events. The move, as USGA chief championships officer John Bodenhamer articulates, caters to the increasing demand for participation and embodies the USGA’s core value of inclusiveness.
Qualifying Venues and Entry Details
Qualifications will manifest through 18-hole stroke play contests administered by various Allied Golf Associations. Specifics on venues and schedules are slated for release in early February. Interested golfers can mark their calendars for February 22, when the entry process kicks off online.
Championship at Sand Creek Station
The stage for next year’s championship will be set at Sand Creek Station, Newton, Kansas, amidst the summer warmth of July. This prestigious event not only stands as the 15th national championship of the USGA but also a bastion for the adaptive golf community’s finest to showcase their skill and determination.
Exemptions and Past Champions
Eighteen skilled players have already secured their places, their exemption born from impressive performances in the past two U.S. Adaptive Opens. The past champions, including Ryanne Jackson and Kipp Popert of the 2023 event, along with Kim Moore and Simon Lee from 2022, serve as inspiring figures within the adaptive golf landscape.
Inclusive and Competitive Championship Structure
This championship is set apart by its welcome to both professional and amateur golfers with a Handicap Index of up to 36.4, who have verified impairments. Over three days of competition, participants will undergo a 54-hole stroke play format across varying tees, ensuring a fair and competitive environment for all athletes.