U.S. Disabled Golf Association highlights skills of world’s best disabled golfers and presents tournaments for disabled golfers to compete on a worldwide stage
Mesa, Ariz. (February 12, 2020) – Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz., a Troon Golf-managed golf course, will host the U.S. Disabled Open Golf Championship May 18 – 21, 2020. The United States Disabled Golf Association (USDGA) highlights the skills of the world’s best disabled golfers and presents tournaments where disabled golfers can compete on a worldwide stage. The U.S. Disabled Open Golf Championship at Longbow Golf Club will be a 54-hole competition taking place May 19 - 21, with a pre-tournament practice round taking place on May 18, 2020.
U.S. Disabled Golf Association players have various impairments such as amputees, wounded veterans, blind and partially sighted, Special Olympians, stroke survivors, cerebral palsy, and many others. USDGA Founder Jason Faircloth made it his passion and mission to develop U.S. events after having an incredible experience while playing in the Disabled British Open in 2011 and 2012. The U.S. Disabled Open Golf Championship is recognized by the USGA and R&A as a World Rank event for golfers with disabilities.
“Longbow Golf Club is honored to be the host site for the 2020 U.S. Disabled Open Golf Championship,” said Bob McNichols, developer of Longbow Business Park and 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.”
The 2020 U.S. Disabled Open Golf Championship at Longbow Golf Club will be the USDGA’s third annual championship. The organization hosted its inaugural tournament at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. in 2018, while the 2019 tournament was played at Independence Golf Club in Richmond, Va. Chris Biggins from Birmingham, Ala. and Grace Braxton from Fredericksburg, Va. are the defending champions in the men’s and women’s divisions, respectively. The 2019 championship featured golfers from around the U.S. and eight foreign countries.
The tournament will be free to spectators and open to the public. Organizers currently are seeking volunteers and sponsors to support the event. For more information on the U.S. Disabled Open Golf Championship, visit www.usdga.net.
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.
Longbow Golf Club is professionally managed by Troon. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at 465-plus locations around the globe, including managing 500-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 400 food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45 states and 33 countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, Green Golf Partners, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design. There are currently 67 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 87 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include The Club at Hammock Beach in Palm Coast, Florida; Pronghorn in Bend, Oregon; Mauna Lani on the Kohala Coast, Hawai‘i; Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico; and Brookwater Golf & country Club in Brisbane, Queensland Australia. For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com.