Month: April 2018

35th World Amateur in Myrtle Beach Aug. 27-31 Competition in 9 flights also includes Just for Fun group

By Bruce Vittner, Publisher/Editor Southern New England Golfer

The 35th annual PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship is now accepting entries. A 72-hole, net stroke play tournament, the World Am will be played August 27-31 on 64 of Myrtle Beach’s best courses.
Early entry into the event, which includes at least four rounds of golf, nightly admission to the World’s Largest 19th Hole and a gift bag, is $525 through May 17, a $100 savings off the regular cost. The tournament, which flights players based on age, gender and handicap, is open to all golfers 18 years of age or older. To register, go to www.MyrtleBeachWorldAmateur.com.

More than 3,000 players from across America and more than 20 countries are again expected to participate in amateur golf’s most inclusive event.
   Players are flighted into nine divisions – men 49 and under, senior men (50-59), mid-senior men (60-69), super senior men (70-79), seasoned seniors (80+), women 49 and under, the gross division, senior (50+) gross division. There is also a “Just For Fun” flight, created for players who want to enjoy the World Am experience without the pressure of competition.
After four days of competition, all flight winners and ties advance to the World Championship Playoff, an 18-hole shootout that crowns the event’s winner.

While the competition is initially what lures players to this bucket list event, it is only part of what keeps them coming back. At the heart of the World Am’s appeal is the camaraderie among its participants and much of that kinship is fostered at the World’s Largest 19th Hole.
Each night of the event, the 19th Hole overtakes all 120,000-square feet of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, providing participants with free food and drinks, live entertainment, celebrity guest appearances, a golf expo and more. Among the big names that have appeared at the 19th Hole in recent years are David Feherty, Brandel Chamblee, Charlie Rymer and John Daly.

Players will also receive a gift bag that perennially includes a logo’d hat, shirt, PGA Tour Superstore gift card and an assortment of other goodies.
For more information, visit www.MyrtleBeachWorldAmateur.com.
Editor’s Note: I have played in the event in 13 World Am’s and will be competing again this year. Give me a call at 401-464-8445 or email me at bruce@snegolfer.com with any questions.   http://www.snegolfer.com

Bruce Vittner is Publisher/Editor of the Southern New England Golfer He is a member of the Golf Writers of America http://www.gwaa.com and the Golf Travel Writers of America http://wwwgolftravelwriters.com.

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