Georgians love the endless opportunities for golf in Myrtle Beach and many Peach State residents make the short trip each August to the Grand Strand for the annual World Am.
The early entry deadline for the 34th annual Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship, which allows players to register for a discounted price, runs through May 18.
A 72-hole, net stroke play event, the World Am will be played August 28 – September 1 on more than 50 of Myrtle Beach’s best golf courses. Cost of early entry, which includes at least four rounds of golf, admission into the World’s Largest 19th Hole and a gift bag, is $525. This is a deal for what is offered.
More than 1,700 players have already registered for the 2017 tournament. Following the early entry deadline, the price of entry increases to $575.
“The Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship is a bucket list event for avid golfers,” said Jeff Monday, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday’s tournament director. “The tournament gives golfers the opportunity to compete over 72 holes and our handicap monitoring system ensures everyone of a fair chance to win. Best of all, the competitive side of the event is only half the fun, because the World’s Largest 19th Hole is vital to the tournament’s enduring popularity.”
The World Am is open to all golfers – 17 years old and above – with a certified USGA handicap or foreign equivalent. It features six competitive divisions, ranging from men 49 and under to the super seniors (70+), Women’s division and Men’s Gross Division. Within the divisions, golfers are flighted by closely grouped handicaps. The event features around 70 flights and the winner of each advances to the Flight Winner’s Playoff, an 18-hole shootout that determines the World Champion.
The tournament is played on approximately 60 different Myrtle Beach area courses, including several Top 100 public layouts, and each flight plays a different course each day.
This year, for the first time we will offer a flight for those who wish to compete “Just For Fun”. This flight will not require a handicap or anything other than a few golf clubs and the ability to laugh, smile and have some fun.
This flight is great for players who don’t keep a handicap, juniors, mixed couples, friends who want to play together, or those who just can’t seem to find the bottom of the cup! No scores, no handicaps, just fun in Myrtle Beach.
If you are interested in playing in in the ‘JFF’ Flight, please contact tournament staff.
The rest of the event will be made up of golfers from 45+ states and more than 25 countries, all of them dreaming of earning the title of World Champion, will be competing in the tournament. Each flight will play a different course every day and after four rounds of competition, all flight winners will advance to the World Championship Playoff on Friday, September 1. The playoff is an 18-shootout to crown the event’s winner.
In the past, handicaps ranging from 3 to 34 have claimed the mantle of World Champion.
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.