The 2019 United States Disabled Open Golf Championship began Wednesday in Powhatan with a ceremonial tee shot.

The event is open to players with physical and intellectual impairments and golf handicap indexes not exceeding 30. Golfers with various impairments such as amputations, blindness, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis will compete.

“We are thrilled to host the second annual United States Disabled Open Golf Championship in the Richmond region,” said Jason Faircloth, the event's founder, in an e-mail. “Independence Golf Club will be a challenging and exciting course for the nation’s top adaptive golfers.”

This year's event will include male and female golfers from Belgium, Sweden, England, Costa Rica, Denmark, Mexico, Argentina and the United States.

“Independence Golf Club is proud to host this important championship,” said Independence Golf Club president Giff Breed. “At Independence, we strive to be so much more than a golf club, and we look forward to showcasing the friendly grounds of the Club to all of the athletes, spectators and volunteers.”

The event, which continues Thursday, is free and open to the public.

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