Chad Pfeifer Captures His Second U.S. Disabled Open Championship; Bailey Bish Takes Women’s Division
Chad Pfeifer won his second U.S. Disabled Open Championship at PGA Golf Club.
“It means a lot to win,” Pfeifer said. “I know I have a target on my back because a lot of guys are looking to try and beat me. That doesn’t always make it easy.”
Bittner fought back with birdies at the 10th and 13th holes, but five bogeys on the back nine had him settling for another second-place finish.
“It’s always fun to be in the mix, to have that rush of adrenaline everyone who plays competitively wants to have,” Bittner said. “It was an emotional roller coaster, but congrats to Chad. He played solid. He kept his head down, and he earned it.”
One of Pfeifer’s skills is his unflappability during a round. He never gets too up or too down.
You would have never known, for instance, he didn’t make a birdie in his last 36 holes by his actions on the golf course.
“I’m sure some of that is through my military training,” Pfeifer said. “If I hit a bad shot, nobody is shooting at me.”
1.Pfeifer, Chad 217 2. Bontz, Kenny 234 3rd Sissom, Mark 235 4th Roach, Sam 236
1. Koch, Kelsey
Bittner, Jeremy 219 2 Green, Ken 222 3 Lynn, Justin 232
Smith, Deborah 2Brush, Judi
Mathias, Evan 227 2 Bowen, Erik 232 3 Cutter, Ryan 246
Fourie, Alex 234 2 Dobreff, Xander 235 3 Biser, Vince 245
Valentine, Kellie 2nd Larson, Sarah
Villanueva, Eliseo 221 2 Walden, Rob 225 3 Leos, Isaac 233 4 Grove, Zach 248
Canesi, Brandon 245 2 Brandenberger, Andreas 289
Ramin, Tracy 2 Smith, Jacoby
Bonifant, Jack 222 2 Carroll, Luke 223 3 Donarski, Robby 234
Tubio, Mariano 246 2 Miller, Justin 264 3 Fryar, Billy 303
Walters, Dennis 241 2 Graff, Mac 259 3 Tipton, James 260
Wilkening, Timothy 259 2 Crough, Ethan 286
Conover, Kody 256 2 Urban, Nicholas 269 3 Duncan, Zachary 270
Villanueva, Eliseo 221 2 Walden, Rob 225 3 Leos, Isaac 233 4 Sissom, Mark 235
5 Willoughby, George 237
Bish, Bailey 2 Koch, Kelsey 3 Hayes, Annie
Smith, Deborah 5 Valentine, Kellie 6 Bockerstette, Amy
7 Howard, Sophia 8 Brush, Judi 9 Larson, Sarah
Men’s Overall Black Tee
Pfeifer, Chad 2 Bittner, Jeremy 3 Villanueva, Eliseo 4 Green, Ken 5 Bonifant, Jack
6 Carroll, Luke 7 Walden, Rob 8 Mathias, Evan 9 Lynn, Justin 10 Bowen, Erik
Field for the 2023 Open
- Dan Aldrich
PGA Golf Club to Host
2023 United States Disabled Open Golf Championship
Championship to be held on the Tom Fazio-designed Ryder Course, May 8-10, 2023; Registration opens Nov. 23, 2022 on USDGA.net
FRISCO, Texas and PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (Oct. 31, 2022) – The 2023 United States Disabled Open Golf Championship, conducted by the US Disabled Golf Association, will be held at PGA Golf Club’s Ryder Course in Port St. Lucie, Florida, May 8-10, 2023. The PGA of America will serve as presenting partner of the Championship.
The US Disabled Golf Association’s mission is to provide people with physical, sensory, and intellectual disabilities an opportunity to showcase their ability in a golf championship at a high level.
Known as “The Ultimate Golf Experience,” PGA Golf Club is owned and operated by the PGA of America. The facility features 54 holes of championship golf at PGA Golf Club designed by legends Tom Fazio and Pete Dye. PGA Golf Club also features the best in golf instruction taught by PGA Professionals and the PGA Gallery, with memorabilia exhibits that trace the history of the game, all within one spectacular golf destination.
“We’re really looking forward to bringing the United States Disabled Open Golf Championship to PGA Golf Club for the first time next year,” said PGA Director of Golf/Head Professional Holly Taylor. “The event will showcase top playing golfers from across America who have overcome disabilities to play the game at an impressive level. PGA Golf Club is proud to continue a tradition of reaching out to golfers everywhere to experience the game at our beautiful facility.”
Designed by Tom Fazio, the Ryder Course is named in honor of Samuel Ryder, the namesake and founder of the Ryder Cup. With its majestic pine trees and challenging water hazards, the Ryder Course has a distinctive Carolina-feel. With various hole locations, you could play this course every day and discover a different layout.
“We are ecstatic to be bringing the Championship to PGA Golf Club and the Treasure Coast,” said USDGA Founder Jason Faircloth. “Since day one, we wanted to create a championship that showcases the players’ talents—along with that feeling of a ‘Major.’ Our 5th Open will be one to remember and talked about long after the final putt.”
The 2022 United States Disabled Open Golf Championship was won by Eliseo Villanueva, of Fayetteville, North Carolina (Mens); and Deborah Smith of Rockford, Illinois (Womens), among 61 golfers in the field at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Fairfax, Virginia.
The inaugural championship was held in 2018 at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Florida, with 48 golfers from eight countries participating.
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