Laurel Hill Golf Club has been selected as host of the 2022 United States Disabled Open Golf Championship, which will be held June 7 through June 9, 2022. Now in its fifth year, this national championship is the first of its kind to obtain world rankings for golfers with disabilities by the United States Golf Association (USGA). The 54-hole championship is open to golfers with physical and intellectual impairments with qualifications similar to the Paralympics and Special Olympics.
Past tournaments have been held in Richmond, Virginia; Orlando, Florida, and most recently, Longbow Golf in Mesa, Arizona, in 2021.
"Based on the number of Americans with disabilities, the number of golf courses we have in this coun-try, and the popularity of the sport of golf, there is no way we cannot successfully organize competitions across the United States," Jason Faircloth, founder of the association and this tournament noted. The US Disabled Golf Association (USDGA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2015 to organize and provide competitive golf opportunities for Americans with disabilities.
Fairfax County Park Authority Executive Director Jai Cole noted that this tournament is a testament to the quality of our facilities and one more example of the agency’s ongoing commitment to accessibility for all. “We are incredibly honored to host this tournament. With the support of the expertise of our Golf Enterprise team, the location on this beautiful golf course, and the support from Park Foundation, this tournament is bound to be extraordinary,” Cole said.
Laurel Hill Golf Club, one of the top municipal courses in the country, is owned and operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority. Designer Bill Love, whose credits include the Iron Forge Course at Penn National and Hunting Hawk in Glenn Allen, Virginia, has created an impressive 18-hole course on land that formerly housed the D.C. Department of Corrections facility at Lorton.
For information, please visit the USDGA website, or contact Jason Faircloth at Jason@USDGA.net or 910-214-5983. For information about Laurel Hill, visit Laurel Hill Golf Club or call 703-493-8849. To contact the Fairfax County Park Foundation, visit the Fairfax County Park Foundation website.
Pictured from left to right are: Ryan Carmen, Assistant Director of Golf Enterprises; Jason Faircloth, Founder of the USDGA; and Jesse Coffman, Director of Golf Operations. The Fairfax County Park Foundation is a co-sponsor of this event and Visit Fairfax coordinated the US Disabled Golf Open host hotel.
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