Longbow Golf Club Selected to Host 2020 U.S. Disabled Open Golf Championship
Longbow Golf Club of Mesa, Arizona, announced Monday they will showcase the nation’s top disabled golfers at the 2020 United States Disabled Open Golf Championship, May 18-21. For the first time in the tournaments three-year history, the championship will be contested over three days through 54 holes of stroke play with no cut.
“Longbow Golf Club is honored to be the host site for the 2020 U.S. Disabled Open Golf Championship,” said Bob McNichols, General Manager and developer of Longbow Golf Club. “Longbow Golf Club has long advocated and supported adaptive golf. We have provided access, training, specialized equipment and partnered with Ability360 Sports and Fitness Center, and various community organizations to promote access to the game of golf for the adaptive golf community. We look forward to welcoming the competitors and presenting an exciting championship for top U.S. and international adaptive golfers.”
With the field capped at 90 players, the championship is expected to draw the highest number of participants this May. The inaugural championship in 2018 attracted 48 male and female golfers representing eight different countries. Last year, the championship brought in 72 golfers from eight countries.
To qualify for the championship, the golfer must have an established and current WHS handicap index of 30 or below. Striving to encourage all physical and intellectual impaired golfers 16 years and older of all abilities to compete, the Open is flighted into several different playing categories, net and gross: three divisions of gross and net, seated, non-seated, and women gross and net.
The entry fee is $280 and will include one practice round, three rounds of competition, an opening banquet and ceremony, a meal at the conclusion of the second day, and awards to the top three finishers of each category of the conclusion of the tournament.
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About the United States Disabled Golf Association:
In 2011, USDGA Founder, Jason Faircloth became the first and only American to play in the Disabled British Open. He was one of only three persons with Cerebral Palsy to play in the event. The Disabled British Open was televised on SKY Sports throughout Europe. Jason finished 34th overall, sixth in his flight in 2011 and 28th overall and runner-up in his flight in 2012. When he returned from the Disabled British Open in 2011, Jason said “ Based on the number of Americans with disabilities, the number of golf courses we have in this country, and the popularity of the sport of golf, there is no way we cannot successfully organize competitions across the United States.“ In May of 2015, the United States Disabled Golf Association became a registered 501c3 with a mission to provide people with physical, sensory, and intellectual disabilities an opportunity to showcase his or her ability in a golf championship at the highest level in the USA. His primary goal with the USDGA was to have a world class annual national tournament for golfers of all disabilities that would showcase their ability and talents . thought he was ready to hold his first The inaugural United States Disabled Open Golf Championship was held on May 8-10, 2018 at the Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Florida.
About Longbow Golf Club
Longbow Business Park and Golf Club is a 330-acre, mixed-use development, being developed by Daedalus Real Estate Advisors, that incorporates office, light industrial, retail, hotel and residential uses surrounded by desert vegetation, a main street transportation design and features the award-winning Longbow Golf Club. Troon managed Longbow Golf Club was originally designed by Ken Kavanaugh in 1997. In 2003, Daedalus commissioned Kavanaugh to execute a complete redesign of the golf course creating a complete refresh layout. Longbow Golf Club has played host to the American Junior Golf Association’s Ping Heather Farr Classic, the LPGA Symetra Tour Gateway Classic,
LPGA Volvik Founders Cup Qualifier as well as tournaments for the AGA, USGA, NCAA, NJCAA, high school and The First Tee. For more information on Longbow Golf Club, visit www.longbowgolf.com or call 480-807-5400.