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Bailey Bish made U.S. Adaptive Open historical past Monday.

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Defending U.S. Adaptive Open champion Kipp Popert arrived at Sand Creek Station this week and appreciated what he noticed.

“There’s not too many hazards on the market. The fairways are fairly forgiving, and I’m an excellent wedge participant, that’s my power, and placing. To be trustworthy, it’s numerous drivers and wedges,” Popert stated Sunday. “I believe the scoring might be fairly good this week.”

Popert backed that up Monday throughout the first spherical of the match. The 25-year-old from England birdied three of the primary 4 holes at Sand Creek Station in Newton, Kan., and performed his final three holes in three underneath to seize the lead after a seven-under 65 in Spherical 1 of the boys’s aspect of the U.S. Adaptive Open.

Thanks to 6 birdies and an eagle in all, the 65 is the bottom rating by two photographs within the match’s quick historical past.

Enjoying within the Neurological Impairment class, Popert, who was recognized with cerebral palsy at start, is hoping to proceed his run of dominance by way of adaptive golf. After profitable at Pinehurst No. 6 final yr, Popert received the 2024 G4D Open in Might to carry each the British and U.S. adaptive nationwide championships.

He leads the general males’s division by two strokes and leads the Neurological Impairment class by eight.

“This course is ready up for scoring,” Popert stated. “There’s not an excessive amount of tough. It’s fairly, yeah, nearly semi-rough to be trustworthy, in the event you miss the fairways. And the fairways for me — coming from Europe — are huge.

“I do know in the event you play this course and simply play sensible you’re going to make numerous birdies. It’s retaining the bogeys off that’s my precedence to be trustworthy.”

However ought to he prevail this week, not solely would he grow to be the primary multiple-time U.S. Adaptive Open winner, however he’d even be the primary to win the title outdoors of Pinehurst.

The third version of the occasion has been moved from Pinehurst No. 6, the place the primary two championships have been contested, to Sand Creek Station, about 30 miles north of Wichita, Kan., and Popert was not the one participant to make the most of a extra forgiving venue.

When Popert received in 2023, his profitable complete was two-under par and solely three gamers (all male) have been in pink figures. After one spherical, there are 10 males and one feminine underneath par.

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Three of these gamers got here from one grouping. Chad Pfiefer, Brendan Lawlor and Bailey Bish all took it deep on Monday, taking pictures 68 and a pair of 69s, respectively.

“Positively helps when you will have different individuals within the group which can be taking part in very well. It’s good to feed off them, each of them,” stated Pfeifer, a U.S. Military vet who misplaced his decrease left leg in a 2007 explosion whereas serving in Iraq. He’s additionally appeared on the Golf Channel actuality exhibits “Large Break” and “Shotmakers.” “Brendan got here out of the gate and birdied the primary two holes after which simply type of saved it going.

“Bailey was wonderful. I imply, she was simply regular the entire day and made some nice putts. Actually enjoyable for her to shoot that low.”

Bish’s three-under 69 wasn’t simply her profession finest by two photographs. It was the first-ever under-par spherical by a girl within the U.S. Adaptive Open. She leads the general ladies’s division by six strokes over defending champion Ryanne Jackson, who’re each taking part in within the Neurological Impairment class. Kim Moore, who beforehand held the document of 73, can be at three over with Jackson, however she’s taking part in within the decrease limb impairment class.

“This course is flatter, which undoubtedly units up nicely for me,” Bish stated when evaluating Pinehurst and Sand Creek Station. “Actually my sport has improved a lot over the past yr. I believe that’s what has allowed me to carry out so nicely this yr.”

U.S. Adaptive Open Spherical 1 Leaders

Yow will discover full scoring right here.

Males’s General:
1. Kipp Popert, 65 -7
2. Juan Postigo, 67 -5
T3. Chad Pfeifer, 68 -4
Simon Seungmin Lee

Ladies’s General:
1. Bailey Bish, 69 -3
T2. Ryanne Jackson, 75 +3
Kim Moore

Males’s Mental Impairment:
1. Simon Seungmin Lee, 68 -4
2. William Jacobse, 74 +2
3. Kody Conover, 76 +4

Ladies’s Mental Impairment:
1. Amy Bockerstette, 81 +9
2. Natasha Stasiuk, 84 +12
3. Tessa Trojan, 87 +15

Males’s Decrease Limb Impairment:
1. Juan Postigo, 67 -5
2. Chad Pfeifer, 68, -4
3. Austin Brown, 71 -1

Ladies’s Decrease Limb Impairment:
1. Kim Moore, 75 +3
2. Mandi Sedlak, 79 +7
3. Nancy Lee, 82 +10

Males’s A number of Limb Amputee:
1. Evan Mathias, 69 -3
T2. Erik Bowen, 71 -1
Issa Nlareb

Ladies’s A number of Limb Amputee:
1. Rose Veldman, 85 +13

Males’s Neurological Impairment:
1. Kipp Popert, 65 -7
2. Vince Biser, 73 +1
3. Ford Martin, 75 +3

Ladies’s Neurological Impairment:
1. Bailey Bish, 69 -3
2. Ryanne Jackson, 75 +3
3. Chris Oviatt, 77 +5

Males’s Seated Gamers:
1. Thomas Duffy, 75 +3
2. Max Togisala, 76 +4
3. Mariano Tubio, 77 +5

Ladies’s Seated Gamers:
1. Annie Hayes, 90 +18

Males’s Brief Stature:
1. Brendan Lawlor, 69 -3
2. Kurtis Barkley, 70 -2
3. Ricky Reilly, 74, +2

Males’s Higher Limb Impairment:
T1. Chris Willis, 72 E
T1. Robert Walden
3. Eli Villanueva, 74 +2

Ladies’s Higher Limb Impairment:
1. Cathy Walch, 81 +9
2. Sophia Howard, 83 +11
3. Abigail Davis, 86 +14

Males’s Imaginative and prescient Impairment:
1. Kiefer Jones, 72 E
2. Tyler Cashman, 87 +15
3. Jake Olson, 91 +19

Ladies’s Imaginative and prescient Impairment:
1. Amanda Cunha, 81 +9

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