Any USGA championship creates its own special form of history, but when a new competition is created, the level of excitement reaches into the stratosphere. But the inaugural U.S. Adaptive Open went further than that. The event last July at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 6 not only produced great theater but also inspiration for a sector of golf that had gone unnoticed for decades.

The second iteration at the same venue has the potential to create even more excitement. For these 96 remarkable players who assemble in the North Carolina Sandhills in July, it’s another opportunity to showcase skills and inspire those with physical and mental impairments that anything is possible.