Conor Stone is set to make history when he represents Ireland in the inaugural US Adaptive Open at Pinehurst No. 6 from July 18-20.
The USGA received 299 entries and Stone (27), who recently won his first event – the EDGA Pas de Calais Paragolf Open at AA St Omer – will tee it up in the 96-player field which includes competitors from 29 states and 12 countries.
The Dubliner developed scoliosis when he was a teenager and eventually underwent surgery to have the curvature of his spine corrected.
He had a 15-hour operation aged 22 to insert two metal rods and 60 pieces of metal in his spine and while he was out of the game for over a year, he’s now back and aiming for the stars.
“I have no rotation or flexibility,” explained Conor (27), who was plays off plus-2 at Carton House and lines out for Co Meath (Trim) in the AIG Senior Cup. “I was out for over a year but they have straightened the curve at least.”
Stone has quit his job in financial planning and gone to work for McGuirk’s, who have offered him flexible employment and product support as he tries to establish himself on the European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) circuit.
“I am probably going to turn professional and see how it goes,” added Conor, who was chosen on the Irish team for next month’s European Team Championship for Golfers with Disability in Belgium.