Jul 08, 2024

⛳ Hutchinson's Holmberg completes Day 1 at U.S. Adaptive Open

Posted Jul 08, 2024 8:53 PM
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NEWTON, Kan. — Hutchinson native Kirk Holmberg is currently tied for 54th place after Day 1 of the U.S. Adaptive Open at Sand Creek Station Golf Course.

Holmberg shot a 9-over 81 opening round. He is currently tied for 9th place in the Neurological Impairment flight.

Kipp Popert (England) is currently atop of the leaderboard after shooting a 7-under 65. Juan Postigo (Spain) is in second place after posting a 5-under 67.

The U.S. Adaptive Open is open to both male and female professional and amateur golfers with a Handicap Index of 36.4 or less and an eligible impairment confirmed by a WR4GD Pass. The championship is contested over 54 holes of stroke play. Multiple sets of tees are utilized, and carts are permitted for all players and caddies. A player’s Handicap Index® is the primary factor in determining the field, with the USGA reserving at least five male player spots and two female player spots per impairment category. The tournament also has a cut for the first time.

The oldest competitor in this weeks event is Bruce Hooper (78) and Dennis Walters (74), while the youngest are Ryder Barr (15), Russell Aide (17), and Sophia Howard (17). The average age of the field is 36.4.

There are 32 states represented in the field, led by Michigan with six golfers. California and Tennessee each have five golfers, while Arizona, Florida and Texas each have four. 

This is the second USGA championship conducted at Sand Creek Station, a public course that opened in 2006 and is managed by KemperSports. In 2014, Byron Meth defeated Doug Ghim in 37 holes in the 89th and final U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship ever contested. The course was designed by Jeffrey D. Brauer and is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. It takes its name from the Sand Creek, which borders several holes, and the town’s long history as a stop on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway.