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Inaugural Florida Adaptive Open

Innisbrook Resort & Club - South Course, Palm Harbor, FL

October 1-3, 2023

PALM HARBOR, Fla. – After two days of joyful and inspiring play at Innisbrook Resort, Eli Villanueva and Bailey Bish were crowned the first Florida Adaptive Open champions. Villanueva and Bish both went wire-to-wire to win the inaugural championship. 

“It’s incredible to win this event,” Bish said. “Three years ago, I could barely play nine holes, much less 18 holes in a row. To be able to see all of my hard work really pay off really means a lot to me.”

Villanueva posted a 5-over 147 to capture the win in the Men’s Division, while Bish finished the championship with am 8-over 150 to earn the victory in the Women’s Division.

“It’s just awesome,” Villanueva said. “This was a great competition with great comradery. It’s a great feeling to become the first champion.”

Villanueva, who has limited range of motion in his left arm due to breaking his eblow in the military, took a three-shot lead in the first round with a 3-over 73. The North Carolina native got the final round started with a 2-over front side, carding a birdie on the third.

After a bogey on the 10th, Villanueva added birdies on the 12th and 16th to move to 1 over for the day. He secured the championship with a final-round 73 to take home the 2-shot victory at five-over 147.

Kenny Bontz made a charge for the championship title, getting the day started with a bogey-free front side and two birdies to take the solo lead. An untimely double bogey on the 17th for Bontz gave the lead back to Villanueva who would secure the victory with a bogey on the 18th hole.

“This is a great sport that you can play forever,” Villanueva said. “Get out there and play with your friends.”

Bontz finished runner-up with a 7-over 129 for the championship. The Parrish native carded a final-round 72, the low round of the championship. Zachary Grove finished third overall with a 10-over 152 for the week.

Bish, who lost movement in her right side due to dystonia, held a one-shot lead heading into the final round after beginning the championship with a 4-over 75 on Monday. Bish’s first-round 75 was the lowest round of her career.

The Arizona native got the round started with a 1-over front side and a birdie on the fifth hole. She finished the championship with a final-round 75 to earn the 10-shot victory. Bish posted two rounds of 75 to capture the inaugural championship victory.

“This community is just life changing,” Bish said. “You meet people of all different walks of life and learning their stories really changes your perspective about your situation and how you can adapt and really make your life meaningful.”

Seminole native, Ryanne Jackson finished runner-up at 18-over 160, while Amanda Cunha took third place at 37-over 179.

In addition to our two overall champions, 12 division winners were crowned across the field.

  • Men’s Arm Impairment: Eli Villanueva
  • Men’s Leg Impairment: Kenny Bontz
  • Men’s Multiple Limb Amputee: Tim Healea        
  • Men’s Neurological Impairment: Zachary Grove
  • Men’s Seated Players: Rick Hart
  • Men’s Vision Impairment: Jake Beausir
  • Men’s Intellectual Impairment: Kody Conover
  • Women’s Arm Impairment: Kellie Valentine
  • Women’s Leg Impairment: Kelsey Koch 
  • Women’s Neurological Impairment: Bailey Bish  
  • Women’s Seated Players: Ann Hayes   
  • Women’s Vision Impairment: Amanda Cunha

Tee Information


Yardage / Info

White FSGA Tees

6,055 yds

Blue FSGA Tees

5,635 yds

Yellow FSGA Tees

4,975 yds

Green Tees

4,650 yds

Par: 71

Weather Information





86 °F

Tournament Results

PosPosition Name Rd.1 Rd.2 TotalTotal Score Points
1 Eli Villanueva 74 73 147 0
2 Kenny Bontz 77 72 149 0
3 Zachary Grove 78 74 152 0
4 Ryder Barr 78 77 155 0
5 Kevin Valentine 78 80 158 0
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Tournament Summary
Format:  36 holes of individual stroke play
                -will have payouts for overall Male & Female by impariment
Eligibility Male & Female golfers, professional or amateur - See impairment categories below
Handicap:  WHS GHIN of 36.4 or lower required
Entry Fees:  $170
Schedule of Events 
Past Results

Championship Format

  • 36 holes of individual gross stroke play
  • Championship Field Size - 60 players


  • WHS GHIN of 36.4 or lower at the time of entry
  • WR4GD or Access pass is required
    • Click here to apply for a pass
    • Please email a copy of your pass to "" upon entry.
    • Players without the WR4GD pass will not be eligible for WR4GD rankings
  • Eligible Impairments (see also "Impairment Category" section) 
    • Impaired Muscle Power
    • Impaired Passive Range of Movement
    • Limb Deficiency
    • Leg Length Difference
    • Short Stature
    • Hypertonia
    • Ataxia
    • Athetosis
    • Vision Impairment
    • Intellectual Impairment
  • The field will be determined immediately following the close of entries to ensure equal opportunity for all divisions.

Entry Fees

  • $170 - Includes tee gift, gift certificates, all course fees, range balls, a player's welcome dinner, the practice round, and lunch after both tournament rounds.
  • Late entries for qualifiers will be accepted subject to a $10 late entry fee should the entrant gain acceptance into the qualifying field.

Schedule of Events

Sunday, October 1st

  • 11:00 AM - 12:45 PM - Tournament registration 
  • 1:00 PM - Shotgun Practice Round
  • 5:30 PM - Cocktail Reception
  • 6:00 PM - Players Welcome Dinner

Monday, October 2nd

  • 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM - Round one morning tee times off #1
  • Complimentary players' lunch buffet in the main clubhouse

Tuesday, October 3rd

  • 8:00 AM  - Round two shotgun
  • Complimentary players' lunch buffet in the main clubhouse
  • Awards Presentation

Practice Rounds

There will be a 1:00 PM practice round shotgun on Sunday, October 1st (included in entry fee).

Any additional practice rounds other than the scheduled round on Sunday will be at the player's cost.

Welcome Reception & Players' Dinner

The cocktail reception will begin around 5:30 PM on Sunday following your practice round, with dinner following at approximately 6:00 PM.

Refunds, Notice of Withdrawals

Championship Fees - Requests for refunds of Championship fees prior to the close of entry date will be honored (less $20 per entry administrative fee). Requests after the close of entries and more than two days prior to the event will receive a 50% refund. Requests within two days of the event will receive no refund.

Impairment Categories

  • Arm Impairment: Players in the Arm Impairment Category have arm, shoulder and some spinal impairments, which may include Impaired Muscle Power, Impaired Passive Range of Movement, and Limb Deficiency.
  • Leg Impairment: Players in the Leg Impairment Category have leg, hip, and some spinal impairents, which may include Impaired Muscle Power, Impaired Passive Range of Movement, Limb Deficiency, and Leg Length Difference.
  • Multiple Limb Amputee: Players in the Multiple Limb Amputee Category include players with Limb Deficiency in more than one limb.
  • Neurological Impairment: Players in the Neurological Impairment Category have Hypertonia, Ataxia, or Athetosis, and/or a neurological indication (including neuromuscular).
  • Seated Players: Players in the Seated Player Impairment Category make every stroke from a seated position, because that is the only way they can play based on their impairment. 
  • Short Stature: Athletes with Short Stature have a reduced length in the bones of the upper limbs, lower limbs and/or trunk.
  • Vision Impairment: Athletes with Vision Impairment have reduced or no vision caused by damage to the eye structure, optical nerves or optical pathways, or visual cortex of the brain.
  • Intellectual Impairment: Athletes with Intellectual Impairment have a restriction in intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior which affects conceptual, social and practical adaptive skills required for everyday life. 

Caddies & Aides

Caddies and/or aidies are allowed for this event.  Players are to provide their own aide and/or caddie.  A limited number of aides/caddies may be made available from the FSGA, per advanced request.

Course Set-Up

Yardages and tees will be released following the close of entries and will be based on Gender, Age Category, and Impairment Category.

Other Policies

  • Spectators and Spectator Cart Policy - Click here. Due to the limited number of carts available, spectator carts will not be available at this Championship.
  • Championship Pace of Play Policy - Click here.
  • Local Rules and Terms of the Competition - Click here.
  • Championship Policies - Click here to read the withdrawal, dress code, and other policies.
  • Procedures for Alternates - Click here for information on how alternates may gain entry into this Championship.
  • Conditions/ Schedule - The FSGA Championships Committee/on-site Rules Committee reserves the right to alter any of the conditions, provisions and/or schedules. The decision of the Championships Committee/on-site Rules Committee in any matter will be final.
  • Entry Acceptance - The FSGA will accept entries equally across impairment categories.  WR4GD Rankings and USAGA Rankings will be considered.

Official Headwear Sponsor:

Imperial Headwear is the official headwear sponsor of the Inaugural Florida Adaptive Open Championship.


Host Hotel

Innisbrook Resort & Spa

36750 US Highway 19 North
Palm Harbor, FL 34684

Deluxe Guest Room - $159/night plus tax and resort fee
Executive Suite - $169/night plus tax and resort fee
1 Bedroom Suite - $189/night plus tax and resort fee
2 Bedroom Suites - $349/night plus tax and resort fee

Book your room Here.

Hampton Inn & Suites Tarpon Springs

39284 US Hwy 19 N
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

Single King Room - $149/night plus tax
Double Queen Room - $149/night plus tax
Double Queen Room/Mobilty Access - $149/night plus tax

Book your room here.


Innisbrook Resort & Club accepts cash and all major credit cards as method of payment.


Innisbrook Golf Resort & Spa
36750 US Highway 19 North
Palm Harbor, FL 34684

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