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South Ogden’s Togisala Wins Medal in US Adaptive Open Golf Tournament

News: South Ogden golfer Max Togisala repeats as medalist in U.S. Adaptive Open

South Ogden Native Max Togisala Claims Top Spot in U.S. Adaptive Open

South Ogden native, Max Togisala, achieved a remarkable feat by repeating as a medalist in the seated player category at the 3rd U.S. Adaptive Open golf tournament held at Sand Creek Station in Newton, Kansas. Togisala’s stellar performance saw him carding six birdies for a 1-under 71 in the second round, ultimately finishing with a score of 7-over in his three rounds. This score secured him the top spot in his category, besting Thomas Duffy from Utica, Illinois, who finished 14-over.

Expressing his joy, Togisala stated, “I had such an amazing experience this year. I’m so happy to see my hard work pay off this week, and I’m super excited for next year’s U.S. Adaptive Open!” His goal of shooting in the 70s for all three rounds was met with consistent scores of 76-71-76.

Togisala, who is paralyzed from the waist down following a ski accident in 2022, showcased his resilience and determination on the golf course. Utilizing a mobility rider chair, he navigates the course and leverages the device to elevate himself into a standing-like position for his swings. A former golfer at Bonneville High School, Togisala’s journey to relearn golf and other sports highlights his unwavering spirit.

Among the competitors from various backgrounds in the U.S. Adaptive Open, English player Kipp Popert claimed the overall men’s title with a 14-under score, while Bailey Bish of Tucson, Arizona, secured the top spot in the women’s overall scoring at 8-over.

Togisala’s victory not only showcases his golfing prowess but also serves as an inspiration to individuals overcoming physical challenges to excel in their passion. The U.S. Adaptive Open continues to provide a platform for adaptive athletes to showcase their talents and determination.

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