PGA teaching pro Chris Biggins, born with cerebral palsy, carries a +2.8 handicap and is among favorites at U.S. Adaptive Open

Debbra Szafryk

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. ­­– Chris Biggins remembers standing in the front yard in Clarksville, Maryland, and calling a golf shot that hooked 30 yards about a tree to his brother, who caught the plastic ball with a baseball glove. Biggins’ mate, Ian Chalmers, termed it one particular of the most extraordinary items he’d at any time found.

“As anyone who is not really extraordinary even going for walks,” reported Biggins, who was born with cerebral palsy, “being in a position to impress people today with one thing was a thing I got addicted to. It just felt interesting to do things that was amazing … things that you actually shouldn’t be in a position to do, I guess.”

Chris Biggins watches his tee shot on gap 14 in the course of the to start with round at the 2022 U.S. Adaptive Open at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. (Study course No. 6) in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Monday, July 18, 2022. (Robert Beck/USGA)

Biggins, 30, opened up the inaugural U.S. Adaptive Open up with a 2-around 74, 4 shots off the tempo set by U.S. Military veteran Chad Pfeifer in the men’s division at Pinehurst No. 6. The ideal golfer in his county escalating up, Biggins played collegiate golf at Methodist and is now Director of Participant Enhancement at The State Club of Birmingham. Last calendar year, the as well as 2.8 handicap shot 9-under 63 en route to victory at the GSGA Adaptive Golfing Championship.

“Looking again,” stated Chalmers, who drove around five hours from Maryland to look at Biggins contend on Monday, “we didn’t give him a split for a second. We didn’t deal with him any different from the begin.”


At her son’s 1-year look at-up, Robin Biggins asked the physician how she could educate him how to go from lying to sitting down and from sitting to standing. Following examining out a handful of points, the doctor arrived about and hugged Robin, telling her that she’d require to have him checked out at the area children’s medical center.

Robin fought back tears on the 17th hole Monday as she relived that daily life-switching moment.

As they commenced likely to treatment two times a week, Robin couldn’t help but think they were being taking up someone else’s location. As Chris grew more mature, nonetheless, the tightness became more apparent.

Biggins had braces on each legs right until the 10th grade. In all, he’s had 17 processes. Robin mentioned it typically normally takes two therapists to pull his legs apart, they’re so limited from the spastic diplegia. Robin claimed Chris pushed himself to do anything his brothers, Patrick and Michael, did.

Although quite a few in the discipline this 7 days use a cart, Biggins walks the fairways to preserve from tightening up even extra.

“He did not comprehend, I imagine, that he was different till the 2nd or third grade,” claimed Robin. “There were being just one or two bullies, and the other children didn’t put up with it.”

Chris Biggins and fiancé Heather Tapscott post immediately after Spherical 1 at Pinehurst No. 6. (Golfweek photograph)

Heather Tapscott met her fiancé on Bumble, an online relationship app. She saw a photo of Biggins significant-fiving his dog Hank in the mountains and was smitten. Several days following their match, Biggins advised her about his incapacity and explained he’d fully grasp if she didn’t want to go after anything at all.

“I felt terrible when he explained to me that,” she reported. “He shouldn’t have to inform people today that.”

Their initially date was Sept. 13, 2019. They program to elope next February in Zion Nationwide Park. Biggins would’ve favored a wedding ceremony, she said. He’s been the greatest person in so quite a few presently. But, as a human being who can rely her dear friends on two fingers, Tapscott didn’t want to start a deep look for to even out the wedding party.

They’ll have a accumulating when they return to Birmingham.

“Anywhere we go in city,” she mentioned, “everybody enjoys Chris.”

Specially the young ones. Coach Biggs, as he’s acknowledged, operates the junior application at The Nation Club of Birmingham and previous calendar year, 243 children competed in the club championship. Biggins expects even a lot more when it’s held in two months. Tapscott not long ago went to the club to watch Biggins engage in Elvis in a skit. The natural way, the crowd went wild.

When asked if the young ones have been blowing up his cellphone this week, Biggins explained he’d saved it off, just as he tells his college students to do at tournaments.

“I can’t probably break my own regulations,” he stated, smiling.

In actuality, Biggins claimed competing from the 10- to 18-12 months-olds at the club ahead of this party has been the best coaching he’s had in decades.

“I’m enjoying for them,” he reported.


For decades, Biggins dreamed of snowboarding in the Paralympics. Each winter season he’d go out to Park City, Utah, for many months to educate at the Nationwide Capacity Center. Just after past period, he made the decision to dangle up his skis and emphasis on the up coming chapter of lifetime with Tapscott.

But the Paralympics desire is even now alive, on the other hand – for golfing. Biggins’ father, Mark, hopes that with the USGA and R&A now so supportive of Adaptive Golf, that golf could possibly shortly be integrated.

Biggins now travels the world for the G4D (Golfing for Disabled) Tour, a DP Earth Tour-sponsored, seven-occasion circuit that is held on the exact program throughout the exact same tournament 7 days. Following month, he’ll journey to Northern Eire for an event held for the duration of the ISPS Handa Environment Invitational. Mark explained officials just take treatment of the disabled gamers in all those activities as if they had been Rory McIlroy.

Biggins brothers: Patrick, Michael, Chris courtesy picture)

As Mark Biggins designed his way about No. 6, he built a issue to thank volunteers. Just one by a single, they responded with how encouraged they truly feel this 7 days.

“I look around,” mentioned Mark, “and all I see is heroes all around me.”

Biggins did not try to trip a bicycle till superior school, his mother stated. The motion of flexing the foot proved really difficult, but he built it function.

Chalmers laughed as he recalled a time he and Biggins were waiting for the school bus when Biggins fell down the icy hill in entrance of his home. When Chalmers attempted to aid, he much too fell down, and they put in a great deal of time flailing all over on the ice as the bus waited.

The form and laid-back again Biggins normally has had a good perception of humor about points. His fiancé claims she’s liable for the beer when they go out to breweries.

“He should not be carrying delicate points,” she mentioned.

With the exception of the trophy, of study course.

“This is likely to be a person of the best months of my lifetime,” claimed Biggins.

“Regardless how I end up taking pictures. It is just these types of a monumental function. Ideally, folks seeing will want to decide up golf and want to start out participating in mainly because of us.”

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