Watch: Scenes from the first-ever U.S. Adaptive Open at Pinehurst

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VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, North Carolina – Grace Anne Braxton hit the first tee shot at the inaugural U.S. Adaptive Open. The 50-year-old is a member of the 2022 class of the Virginia State Golf Association and became involved in the Special Olympics at age 8.

Braxton is competing in the Intellectual Impairment category. There are eight categories in all and a total of 96 players in the field.

Players compete from four separate yardages spanning from 4,700 to 6,500 yards. The championship is using a maximum score format. Maximum score has been set at double par for each hole.

Take a look at some of the competitors at Pinehurst.

Practice on the putting green

The scene on the putting green at the U.S. Adaptive Open at Pinehurst No. 6.

Catching up with Dennis Walters

The cart Dennis Walters will use at the U.S. Adaptive Open.

Oldest player in the field

Judi Brush, 80, was born with a left club foot that resulted in an amputation below the knee.


Inspired by Tiger

Joakim Bjorkman fell in love with golf after watching Tiger at the 2000 Open Championship at St. Andrews.

From college football to USGA event

Jake Olson once played football at USC.

The first tee shot

Grace Anne Braxton, 50, hits the first shot of the 2022 championship.

This PGA pro has a +2.8 handicap

Chris Biggins, 30, was born with cerebral palsy.

Double lower limb amputee

Erik Bowen, 42, is a double lower limb amputee.

Raising awareness and money

Alex Fourie teeing off at the U.S. Adaptive Open.

Former Division I college player

Jack Bonifant played college golf at James Madison and plays off a 2 handicap.

57 surgeries later....

Brian Bemis uses crutches and plays off a 13-handicap.

Five-time winner on PGA Tour

Ken Green has five PGA Tour wins:

  • 1985 Buick Open

  • 1986 The International

  • 1988 Greater Milwaukee Open, Canadian Open

  • 1989 K-Mart Greater Greensboro Open

One of 15 with a handicap of 0 or better