Starting in 2023
You must meet all the requirements in order to submit a entry. A entry form must be submitted along with the entry fee in the timeline giving in order to be consider for a spot. If more participants enter the championship then the full field allows the commitee must narrow the field at their discretion. Past participants may be giving the priority. If not Selected a Refund will be issued. If Selected and you cannot make it, A refund will be granted up until 3 weeks prior. Within 3 weeks, It's a comittee decision and if a replacement can be made. 

The Categories will be use only as a guide. In 2023, We will combine categories base on the number of sign ups. Category 3 and 6 will be called Multiple limb impairment. Category 7 will not be use at all.  Seated Division will remain as is with previous USDGA Championships. Base on Sign-ups, Some Categories will not be filled out and you may only be playing for the overall title.  The Senior Championship may not be divided up into Categories.  All other changes from years past will be made after all sign ups has been completed.

Final decisions will be made by the committee. You must have a WR4GD PASS in order to be able to register. WR4GD PASS is only part of the Requirements, You must meet the Paralympic standards as well. Paralympics guidelines will govern qualifications. It will be the USDGA committee determination on this. Before you are granted a spot in tournament. You will know your eligible. If somehow you were allowed to play in the event and you do not meet the guidelines you will not be able to participate in future events unless change in you condition.

In order to enter the competition you must have a valid handicap of 36.4. The committee has the authority to check your handicap base on performance over the past 2 years and has the discretion to adjust the handicap accordingly prior to competition. Oversees players must use the world handicap system

Note, for future event (s) The US players will be made to provide tournaments scores. In order for the handicaps to be granted, and in order to compete for the competition.

All Final decisions will be made by the committee.

Registration starts November 23rd to January 5th with the final field announce January 15th.
Registration must includes payment. If not selected, Payment will be refunded  



Impairment Information
Full list of definitions of impairments enabling participation in USDGA events.

Amputee, Blind, Cerebral Palsy, Wounded Veterans (physical), Short Stature, Muscular Dystrophy, Special Olympians, Stroke and many others. 

 

the magnitude of physical restrictions must be the qualifying factor for participation in tournaments The only requirement is to decide whether the impairment meet the minimal disability criteria to qualify for tournaments. The physical impairment has to be either stationary (conform status) or variable, status (review status) evaluation contains a physical examination, a functional golf profile golf status and an observation during competition.

  • Limb deficiency
  • Leg, Range of Motion, Strength and length
  • Arm length
  • Grip Strength
  • Shoulder range of motion  and strength
  • Elbow range of motion and strength
  • Back range of motion
  • Neurological function
  • Vision

Major impairment in any of above mentioned functions, or a combination, will qualify for participation according to the following criteria:

Measuring Functional Range of Motion in Golf

Upper extremity
  • The extended joint is in general measure as 0
  • The midway position between pronation and supination of the wrist is measured as 0
  • Shoulder in standing neutral position is 0
  • Maximal abduction and elevation is measured as 180
  • The position between internal and external rotation is measured as 0
Lower Extremity
  • The hip joint is extended position is measured as 0
  • The knee joint in extended position is measured as 0
  • The movements of the ankle are measured as follows: the position between Dorsal flexion and plantar flexion and between supination and pronation is measured as 0.
Spine
  • The neutral starting position is the generally accepted anatomic position with the body upright. This is measured as 0
  • The range of motion of the spine is from this starting point lateral bending of the spine to the left and right, rotation, flexion, and extension

Measurement of the amputated limb

The measurement must be done from the most distal point of the amputated limb to the next Anatomical point above. The relevant part of the other arm or leg must also be measured.

Muscle testing (power testing)

  • total lack of voluntary contraction
  • faint contraction without any movement of the limb (trace, flicker)
  • contraction with very weak movement through full range of motion when gravity is eliminated (poor)
  • contraction with movement through the complete joint range against gravity
  • contraction with full range of movement against gravity and some resistance (good)
  • contraction of normal strength through full range of movement against full resistance
  • Grades 4- 4 4+ may be used to indicate movement against slight, moderate and strong resistance respectively
  •  
  • 0 no catch on rapid movement
  • 1 catch occurs on RPM followed by release; there is no resistance to RPM throughout rest of range
  • 2 catch occurs in second half of available range ( after halfway point) during RPM and is followed by resistance throughout the remaining range
  • 3. catch occurs in first half of available range (up to and including halfway point) during Rpm and is followed by resistance throughout the remaining range.
  • 4. When attempting Rpm, the body part appears fixed but moves on slow passive movement.

Neurological Coordination test/ataxia

  • Finger to nose test: Doctor presents his index finger and ask the player to touch his nose With his index finger from the crucifix position with closed eyes.
  • Finger to nose test: Doctor presents his index fingers and asks the players to touch his index fingers with eyes closed.
  • Finger to toe test: Doctor presents his index finger and ask the player to touch his toe with his index finger with eyes closed
  • Heel draw test: draw the heel of one leg along the length of the contralateral leg, from ankle to knee and then in the reverse direction.
  • Romberg Test: the player stands with his feet together and both arms in horizontal position in extension. When the player closes his eyes and is not able to stand still the Romberg sign is positive
  • Tandem Romberg: straight line heel to toe walking

Impaired functional passive range of motion in golf. (fromg)

Lower Limb
Hip
(fromg)
Full flexion 130* Full extension 20* = eligible
Extension-flexion 0-35-130*
Knee
(fromg)
Full Flexion 135* Full extension 0* = eligible
Extension-flexion 0-30-135*
Ankle: Dorsal flexion 20* Plantar Flexion 40*
Upper Limb
Shoulder: Full flexion *150 Full extension 50*
Full ext. rotation 60* Full int. rotation 95*
Full abduction 180* Full adduction 60*

The FROMG is always measured including movements between scapula n thorax

FROMG
  • Adduction or abduction < 30* = eligible
  • Rotation < 45* = eligible
  • Flexion < 20* = eligible

Impaired shoulder extension is not eligible

Elbow: Full flexion 150* Full extension 0*
Full pronation 90* Full supination 90*
FROMG
  • Flexion-extension in the traject  > 45 to 150* = eligible
  • Pronation and supination < 45 (at least on one side) = Eligible
Right-handed players
  • Flex the right elbow < 90* = eligible
  • Flex the left elbow < 60* = eligible

(reverse for left handed players)

 

Wrist Dorsal Flexion 60* Palmar flexion 75*
Total radio-and ulnar deviation 70*  
Righthanded players R side
  • Dorsal Flexion < 10* AND  Radio-ulnar Deviation < 5* eligible

(Reverse for left handed players)

Back and cervical spine

Measurement has to be taken with a fixed pelvis

Rotation of the back is fundamental in a golf swing.

  • Rotation thoraco-lumbar < 10* = eligible
  • Rotation Cervical spine < 20* = eligible

Other impairments such as extension and flexion and side movements of the thoraco-lumbar spine Do not qualify

Leg length Difference

 Leg length difference should be at least 20cm to qualify.

Arm length difference should be at least 15cm to qualify.

Short Stature

When both legs are short the length of the person and the legs are to be given in the report in CM Measured as described on the measurement of the amputated Limb form.

The leg length has to be measured between the trochanter major and the medial malleolus.

When both arms are short the length of the person and the arms are to be given in the report in cm, Measured as described on the measurement of amputated limb form.

Limb deficiency

Lower limb
  • An amputation on Syme level or above on at least one side will be eligible.
Upper limb

Amputation of any part of the upper limb to be eligible as follows:

  • 2 digits of 4 fingers amputated in one hand
  • 2 digits of 6 fingers in two hands
  • 3 fingers of one hand amputated including the thumb

 cardiopulmonary disorders, impairments due to aging Are NOT allowed to play.

If you are qualified for the special Olympics will be allowed to play. 

Those with changed impairment has to be examined once a year(Physical) prior to competing. And Reported to the committee to make sure the athlete remain eligible.

Permanently wheelchair bound

The player permanently in a wheelchair qualifies

Golf club aids

The provided aids, support and assistance have to be in accordance with the modification of the rules of golf for golfers with disabilities.

Blindness ( legally blind) does qualify after compensation with lens (Eye exams)

 

Golfers with lower limb impairments

Sport Class G1: The golfers have an impairment affecting one leg, for example an amputation above the knee. They may use a prosthesis or golf on one leg.

Sport Class G2: Golfers in this sport class include those with impairments in the lower parts of one leg, but with less impact on golfing compared to G1. Typical examples are amputations above the ankle or loss of muscle control in one leg or leg length difference.

Sport Class G3: This sport class includes golfers with an impairment in both legs, such as muscle weakness in both legs or double amputation.

Golfers with arm impairments

Sport Class G4: The golfers in this sport class have impairments affecting one arm and either 1) do not use any golf aide or adaptive device to connect to the club, or 2) do not intentionally use the impaired arm when initiating a stroke through striking the ball. At the initiation of the stroke through striking of the ball, there can only be one intentional point of contact on the club. All golfers in this category, must play every stroke during a round of golf with one arm - any aid from an artificial appliance, prosthetic, or part of the impaired arm is not allowed. This category includes limb deficiency, impaired passive range of motion and impaired muscle power related to the arm.

Sport Class G5: The golfers in this sport class have impairments affecting one arm and either 1) use a golf aide or adaptive device to connect to the club or 2) use the impaired arm at any time in the swing between when initiating a stroke through striking the ball. At the initiation of the stroke through striking the ball, this class is allowed to have two points of intentional contact on the club while striking the ball for any stroke during a round of golf. This category includes limb deficiency, impaired passive range of motion and impaired muscle power related to the arm.

Sport Class G6: This sport class is designated for athletes with impairments in both arms that prohibit them full use of the golf club. Golfers, for example, have missing hands or cannot grip firmly the club properly. Therefore, you may see them using an adaptive golf tool.

Golfers with combined impairments in arms and legs

Sport Class G7: This sport class is designed for golfers who have an impairment in arms and legs. Some of the G7 golfers have mild coordination problems in all extremities. Others have amputations affecting at one arm and one leg.

Sport Class G8: Athletes with Neurological Conditions and Coordination Impairments. Abnormal increase in muscle tension and a reduced ability of a muscle to stretch, lack of co-ordination of muscle movements, unbalanced, involuntary movements and a difficulty in maintaining a symmetrical posture due to a neurological condition, such as cerebral palsy, brain injury or multiple sclerosis.

Sitting Golfers

All sitting-golfers have an impairment affecting their legs. They are allocated different sport classes depending on their trunk control, which is very important for golf.

Sport Class G9: Golfers have an impairment that limits their leg and trunk function. They would be unable to sit without supporting himself or herself with the arms, for example due to paraplegia.

Sport Class G10: Golfers in this sport class have near to normal trunk control.

Golfers with Visual Impairments

Sport Class G11: No light perception, or light perception which is not functional, central or peripheral, with or without light projection, up to the inability to differentiate between a blank sheet of white paper and a sheet of white paper with a black symbol on it. (The black symbol is displayed on the IBGA/USBGA Sight Form and is used as part of the exam.) IBGA Classification - B1

Sport Class G12: From the ability to recognize the shape of a hand up to visual acuity of 20/600.. IBGA Classification - B2

Sport Class G13: From the visual acuity above 20/600 up to visual acuity of less than 20/200. IBGA classification - B3

To ensure safety all vision impaired participants must use a caddy.

Short In Stature

Sport Class G14 - Athletes with short stature compete in this sport class